Use Areca Raid Card with mac pro 4,1? Where is the mini-sas?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Helloha, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Helloha macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm coming from a hackintosh and on that system I used an Areca 1222 raid card connected to the internal backplane via the mini sas ports on the card.

    I was hoping to use the same raid card on the mac pro 4,1 that I just bought, but I can't seem to find the mini-sas ports on the motherboard.

    Am I able to use this raid card in this system? I do find pictures of older mac pro's with mini sas ports on the motherboard. But not this 4,1 model I think?

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers!
    K.
     
  2. Helloha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So after more reading I discovered the sata backplane is directly connected to the motherboard. So no mini-sas cable to swap.

    I guess I will be experimenting with an internal ZFS raid volume and an ssd in the optical drive.

    K.
     
  3. 666sheep macrumors 68040

    666sheep

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    If you want speed stick with Areca and check Maxupgrades backplane for 2009-2012.
     
  4. Helloha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are there any downsides to using an apple raid card? I don't need 6Gbps because I'm using mechanical hard drives anyway. I can find them on ebay for €60-€80.

    But I did notice the replacement batteries tend to be quite expensive...

    Cheers,
    K.
     
  5. 666sheep macrumors 68040

    666sheep

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    1st:
    2nd:
    Batteries don't last long

    3rd: ARCs don't support >2TB drives

    Your Areca is much better card.
     

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