SATA optical drive in early '08 Mac Pro?

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  1. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Has anyone installed a SATA optical drive in an early '08 mac pro? Are there any issues? How can the tray be ejected? Thanks for the info.
     
  2. rhyx macrumors 6502

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    The included drives are IDE and the spaces are for an IDE cable. I don't think you have additional SATA connectors for an optical. The board only has 4 SATA connectors from what I can see - made for the 4 hard drive sleds.
     
  3. PowerMike G5 macrumors 6502

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    There are actually 6 SATA ports ... 2 or accessible from behind the Fan casing.
     
  4. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    I found this picture. It's from the 1st gen Mac Pros, but it's in the new ones, too.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502

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    There are two extra sata ports in the early '08 mac pros.
     
  6. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well, since it seemed like no one else around here had done it before, I took the plunge. Installation was a real PITA. I had to remove the front fan assembly to route the SATA cable properly. I used the bottom of the two SATA ports as seen in the picture above.

    OS X seems to recognize it fine. Pressing the the eject key on the keyboard ejects the stock PATA optical drive. Pressing Option + eject will open the SATA drive's tray. I don't have time to do more tests at the moment, but will report back once I have done so.
     
  7. Jonny427 macrumors regular

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    I see no reason why a SATA optical drive wouldn't be 100% compatible, aside from the installation.
     
  8. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    I just had a chance to burn a few discs. Here are some findings:

    1. Both the stock drive and the new SATA drive works fine with Toast.
    2. As far as I can tell, Fusion and Parallels won't work with the SATA drive.
    3. Burning two discs at the same time is now realistically doable. Previously, when I tried with two PATA drives, both slowed to crawls... REALLY, REALLY SLOW!

    So far, I'm a happy camper!
     
  9. Frozonecold macrumors 6502

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    Which drive did you get, I want to perform this upgrade as well.
     
  10. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    Since my Mac Pro shipped with an Optiarc AD-7170A, I decided to go with something similar... I got an Optiarc AD-7191S. It also supports Lightscribe, but I haven't tested that yet.
     
  11. UberD macrumors newbie

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    Ggc-h20l

    I have a LG GGC-H20L installed still no bd support, but I am ready for when there is.

    The sata optical drive does work in fusion. The problem I am having is you have to have the disc you want to use already in the drive when you start up fusion. I have opened a support ticket with vmware about this issue.
     
  12. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    I thought about getting a BD burner, but came to the conclusion that I don't need it yet. I figured, the longer I wait, the cheaper the drives and media will get. But I would definitely get one if/when Apple starts supporting the format.

    That's good to know about Fusion. However, I kept the stock drive installed so I will continue to use that until VMware fixes it. Thanks for the info.
     
  13. rhyx macrumors 6502

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    Very cool to know about the extra SATA ports.
     
  14. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    That would make sense as windows doesn't recognize HDs connected to those ports either.
     
  15. Lucas44 macrumors member

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    i've just installed a pioneer sata drive in my 2006 mac pro. i decided to stick the pioneer in the top bay with my stock sony drive in the lower bay. when i hit the eject key the bottom drive ejects. i can eject the top drive by hitting option-eject but would like to switch the key commands around.
    anyone have any ideas on how i can do that, preferably without 3rd party software.

    thanks
     
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    I'll wait until Blu Ray drives are realistically priced (aka ~$99) before I think about throwing in another optical drive.
     
  17. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    None that I am aware of.
     
  18. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'm waiting for blu-ray burners and media to drop in price a bit before I get one, too. The idea of being able to back up 25GB of data on a single disc is nice. :)
     
  19. $ingh macrumors newbie

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    Optical SATA Drive in early 2008 Mac Pro

    How did you power the drive? I want to do the same upgrade and just wanted to know how best to power it before I took the plunge. Did you split a power cable or is there room on the logic board to plug in another power cable along with the SATA?
     
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    You can look at how folks are powering the SATA SSDs they are shoving in the optical bay. Typically there is two molex power cables in the bay to power the standard and optional optical drives. You could use a SATA to Molex power adapter cable, about $2.00 from monoprice.
     
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    50 GB, dual layer :p
     
  23. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601

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    I used the molex connector on the same chain as what is connected to the built-in optical drive.
     
  24. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    I have one of these and it works fantastic! Oh, I paid $99 like you wanted also, and it burns BD in toast just fine. It also ships with Bluray movie player for Mac.

    You can get this in either the SATA or PATA configuration. Mine is SATA...

    http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=BD12XMPE2009-10&Category_Code=STORBD&Product_Count=0
     
  25. Endura macrumors newbie

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    What do I need?

    Thanks for the info!

    I purchased a new DVD burner for my Early '08 PowerMac, before I realized I needed IDE, instead of SATA. Here is the drive I purchased: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/LG/GH24NS95MP/

    But, I bought in on NewEgg.com: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259 (Half Price!)

    The drive didn't ship with any cables and I'm a bit of a loss on how to hook up the drive. I see the two SATA ports under the fan box, but I don't know which cable to purchase to hook up the drive.

    The drive only seems to have one connecter in back (SATA?). How does the drive get power? I read about the Molex SATA Power cable, but that doesn't make sense to me, if I need to connect it to the SATA port behind the fan box.

    Can you shed some light on this for me? (Sorry, I'm unfamiliar with SATA drives.) :confused:

    Thanks!
     

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