SSD's on both optical bays of 2010 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DeeEss, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    Hi there, first post here.

    I would like to create a RAID0 SSD set from a couple OWC Mercury Pro RE's. My best option at this stage is put them in the optical drive bays of my 3.3 6core 2010 as I haven't used an optical drive in well over a year.

    I've read that an adapter isn't needed for the lower optical bay, and I'm wondering if one is really essential for the top optical bay?

    The other question I had was I wondered if I used a dual adapter and placed both ssd's in the lower optical bay, will the sata and power leads from the upper optical bay reach to the lower bay? That way I could leave the optical drive in but just have it disconnected. Perhaps there are some sata and power extension leads that would be reliable enough?

    Thanks, appreciate your thoughts.
  2. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    Worth checking for SATA connectors on the motherboard you can feed up to the lower optical bay.

    I don't have explicit knowledge on the 2010 model but in the original 2006 model there was 2 sata connectors which i cabled and fed the wiring up into the lower bay and run two ssd's from there.
  3. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    This is what your ODD bay connectors look like. So yes, you can do it exactly as you described.

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  4. DeeEss thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    Brilliant, thankyou! Exactly what I was looking for. You rock!

    Thanks also, Mike.
  5. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
    a good thread with my setup and alphapods setup

    I was and am thinking of getting a USB adapter for my optical then run it up inside :) so its inside and hooked up
  6. DeeEss thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    Ah, what a good idea!
  7. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008

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