Using spare optical drive space for an extra HD

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  1. robinp macrumors 6502

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    Well, I eventually opted to buy a new Mac Pro. I would like to install a 5th hard disk into it for windows. I assume this should be much easier than with the old model as I understand the optical drives are now SATA, so routing the cable shouldn't be difficult.

    What I would like to know is what kind of brackets would be required to fix a 3.5" HD into a space normally used for a 5.25" optical disk space.

    Thanks
     
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    It would have to have 6 SATA ports, as it can hold a max. of 6 SATA drives. (2 ODD's & 4 HDD's). So if the 2nd optical bay is available, it would also have an open SATA port on the board.

    Simple logic, but it makes sense. I doubt there's any more than that, as the case can't hold the drives, and board real estate was probably too precious to do so.
     
  7. robinp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that seems pretty logical, so would the brackets that I posted a link to do the job do you think?
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Those brackets should work. :)
     

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