MP 1,1-5,1 SSD drive cage

Hooleydog

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Guys I bought this SSD drive cage so I can install the SSD in my Mac Pro 2008 (I want to use 64GB ram).. But it's too long and can't put the side case cover on, is there a shorter on avavible shorter one or not (One for the 3.1 model)...

Thanks..
 

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AidenShaw

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Guys I bought this SSD drive cage so I can install the SSD in my Mac Pro 2008 (I want to use 64GB ram).. But it's too long and can't put the side case cover on, is there a shorter on avavible shorter one or not (One for the 3.1 model)...

Thanks..
I think that you want to search for the word "sled", and get one for your very old Mac Pro. Be sure to include "3.1" in the search.

There are multiple versions of sleds for the old Mac Pros.
 

mikas

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I suggest you get the adaptadrive (or any of it's siblings like sabrent). These mount to the original drive sled and you can put almost any 2,5" hdd/ssd in a Mac Pro with it.

I don't think any retailer sells 2,5" to 3,5" slot sled for 2006/7/8 Mac Pro models at the moment. You might find some 3D printed ones though, or maybe design and print one by yourself.

I believe the different versions of 2,5" to 3,5" slot drive sleds from OWC are all for 2009/10/12 models. Many of the adapters though will fit the 2006/7/8 models too, like the earlier mentioned adaptadrive.
 

G4DPII

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You don't need a sled, the SSD is light enough that is can be connected to the SATA port and left alone. If you want a little bit more security, place a strip of cellotape from the SSD to the metal sheet above to keep it level.
 
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mikas

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Exactly, and there are almost endless means to attach a drive if you get creative.

From Right to left (from front to back, cause my attached pic is upside down).
1: cMP 2006/7/8 sled with 3,5" HDD
2: no sled, 2,5" HDD just hanging in the slot, no securing screws, tapes or cable ties
3: cMP 2006/7/8 sled with an Adaptadrive + 2,5" ForceGT SSD. 4 + 4 screws, very secure
4: cMP 2006/7/8 sled with extension cords (SATA power+SATA data) + Kingston SSD Now. There is only one screw securing the drive to sled. This is secure enough for me.

Personally I would want to secure my drives somehow, but for a temporary installation, there is no need - just have to be more carefull when lifting or carrying your machine.
 

flaubert

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I use the Fenlink 2.5" to 3.5" SATA drive bracket from Amazon. I mount the SSD onto the Fenlink, then the Fenlink onto the Mac Pro mounting sled. It should be compatible with any mounting arrangement that is expecting a 3.5" drive, since it provides holes and connectors at the standardized locations offered on 3.5" drives. A little pricier than the lowest budget options, but it's nice not to have to worry about compatibility.

https://www.amazon.com/Fenlink-Internal-Hard-Drive-Converter/dp/B01ELRRKW8/