SATA controller with both internal and external ports

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Caesar_091, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    Hi all,
    I'm looking for a PCIe SATA controller for my Mac Pro 1,1 with both internal* and external (to connect two external drives) ports

    *internal SATA port needed to connect an LG BluRay drive (GGW-H20L) actually connected to the ODD SATA port (but I want to use it on Windows too and I would like to upgrade firmware without opening my Mac or using the AHCI mode).

    Have somebody found a controller like this?

    TIA :)
  2. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    I believe there used to be a Sonnet Tempo eSATA card with "4+4" ports (4 internal, 4 external) but it's not listed on their site now, so it's probably obsolete. I'm also not sure if it was PCI or PCIe. Might be worth a little eBay searching?

    Edit: on checking, I think it was PCI-X only. Sorry! :) Can you not use the motherboard SATA port for your internal drive and an eSATA (external ports only) card ?
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    There's not a single card that can do what you want. :(

    The cheapest, would be this (and you'd need 2x, as it can only operate 2x ports, not 4). The description is misleading, but you can configure it as a 2+0, 1+1, or 0+2 configuration. Get the Drivers from SIL (here) or try Sonnet (their SIL3132 card drivers have worked for some with this card).

    There's also cards from Highpoint that you could use a pair of them (620 and 622, internal and external 2 port cards respectively). But so far, they've not developed the Mac drivers as promised.

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