SSD 3.5" Drive Sled

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by milbournosphere, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a

    milbournosphere

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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking about picking up this OCZ SSD to use as a boot drive. It comes with a 3.5" adapter sled. Has anybody bought an OCZ drive and had success with the sled, or am I going to have to pick up a third party product?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Brummibyxan macrumors newbie

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    Just buy the 3.5" drive.
    I bought the OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" as a boot drive for my MacPro 2010.
    Fits just as any old HD.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    That sled will not work with a mac pro in the 4 standard slots. that sled side mounts to the computer and bottom mounts to the ssd use alphaod's pick

    http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-316035...17994064&cm_re=icydock-_-17-994-064-_-Product
     
  4. milbournosphere thread starter macrumors 6502a

    milbournosphere

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    Thanks for the advice, guys. I'm gonna go ahead and pick up that sled to go with the SSD. I looked at a 3.5" drive, but it's more expensive for just a little bit more space and this is only going to be a boot drive, so space isn't the most important thing in the world.
     
  5. silby101 macrumors member

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    Use the current adapter

    Since I already had SSD in my optical bay, I needed to figure out how to install a second SSD on the cheap. I've heard of people using tape to hold the SSD to the top, so that the connector doesn't have any stress on it, but tape? Come on.

    Since the OCZ drive I got came with an adapter of sorts, I thought I'd give it a try. Problem that has already been stated, is that it mounts the SSD from the top, and adapts it for a side mount, but the Mac Pro mounts drives from the top, so what am I to do?

    Since I had a HDD installed in the bay beside the one I was going to install the SSD into, I figured I could use it to support the SSD. So I came up with the following solution.


    1. I installed the SSD free hanging onto the connectors, since the SSD is so light, there isn't much pressure on the connector, but enough that I wouldn't want it hanging there forever. It also isn't horizontal so the connection may come loose at some point.
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    2. Use the adapter and screws that came with the OCZ drive, and attach it to the drive next to the bay you want to install the SSD into.
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    3. There are already holes on the HDD that line up with the adapter, and they are threaded to the same pitch as the screws that come with the SSD, so I used those.
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    4. Slide the HDD partially into place, but it can't go the entire way because the SSD is hanging down.
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    5. Push the SSD up a little so that the adapter can slide under it. [​IMG]
    6. Then push the HDD all the way into place. You can see that the SSD is now sitting horizontal, and no pressure is being put onto the connectors. It is also impossible for it to fall down.
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    7. In order to put the Mac Pro HDD adapter back into place, you need to remove two of the screws from their rubber mounts, otherwise the screws get caught on the SSD
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    8. Here it is, finished looking good from the outside, since all the Mac Pro HDD sleds are in place, even though one of them isn't directly being used.
      [​IMG]
     
  6. Einz macrumors regular

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    Or just get the 3.5 version of Vertex 2. Most of the time it's cheaper than the 2.5 version.
     
  7. silby101 macrumors member

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    Like milbournosphere, the 3.5" version was more expensive (in Canada), and so I got the 2.5". Where did you find the 3.5" cheaper?
     
  8. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Define "more expensive". Mind you, the converters such as the Icydock cost somewhere around 20 USD. If the 3,5" is 10 USD more expensive than the 2,5" it will in fact be cheaper in total since you don't need the extra converter.
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I got my 3.5" at Newegg. The 3.5" models are priced lower there, and that's not even including the extra cost of an adapter.
     

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