Velocity Solo X2 cables for 2on drive on Mac pro 2009 4,1

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  1. roblogic1 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I am quite a newbie in this so any help will be highly appreciated.

    Got a Mac pro 8 core 2,26 4,1 which I am upgrading the firmware to 5,1. I have bought the Velocity Solo X2 Pcie card but don't know which cables should I buy to connect the second SSD drive (Crucial).

    Can you please point me to the exact cables and length I should buy for the power supply and data?

    Thanks
     
  2. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!. But this thread is discussing the card on a 5,1 Mac pro. Mine is a 4,1. Don't know if the hardware is different...

    Also this thread suggests the power cable to be an old 4 pin molex power connectors, but the link they shared says "15 Pin SATA Power Extension Cable"

    http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Extension-length/dp/B002P6W9UG

    So, I assume this longer cable should work also:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006L7CZUO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A18K25N425Y52T

    Will these cables work with my 4,1 Mac pro 8 core?

    Also, regarding the SATA data cable, will this work?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009GUXU52/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Can anyone confirm please?
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Regarding this issue, 4,1 and 5,1 are the same.
     
  4. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    But the thread says the power cable is "old 4 pin molex power connectors" but the link points to a "15 pin cable"

    Which is the correct one 15 or 4 pin for the power cable?
     
  5. omvs macrumors 6502

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    There's no 4pin molex I know of in the MacPro4,1 (or 5.1). In the earlier models the optical drive used PATA and used them, but our models are all sata. You need the SATA power (15pin) assuming you're going to steal off the optical bay or one of the drive bays.

    You might want to consider a 15 pin splitter instead of just a straight extender - allows you to use all the existing SATA2 ports if you ever want to fully populate the machine with drives - I bought that cable for mine, though haven't decided out where to physically mount the extra drive yet.
     
  6. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Just so that you are aware of this. Instead of cables, you do have the option of buying a Velocity Duo X2 which holds 2 SSDs that can be Raided or used separately. Amazon sells the for $149 as does the Apricorn store.
     
  7. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your answers!. Looks like the duo card may be my best choice. Are you sure that it can be used without any RAID configuration, using each drive separately? Apricorn´s webpage only talk about Raid 0...
     
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    I think so, but you can contact either their tech. support or MacRumors member BDM STUDIOS NL who was a beta tester and has this card.
     
  10. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I'll send an email to Apricorn. I see there is no way to send a message to a member.
     
  11. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    There is, but since you are a new member, your privileges are probably restricted at this time.

    Just go to his thread, quote a section of one of his posts, and ask your question. He's subscribed to the thread, so he'll probably get an instant email notification of your question.
     
  12. hfg, Oct 3, 2014
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    I fount it interesting that on the downloaded spec sheet it says the following under "Specifications":

    Disk Array Options -- JBOD, Spanning and Hardware RAID 0 & 1


    I did not expect hardware RAID here. So you can run either software or hardware RAID apparently, along with separate disk access.

    I couldn't determine from the spec sheet if the RAID-0 hardware could be used with Windows on a Mac?


    -howard
     
  13. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    There's a few ODD power extension topics in this forum. In the 4,1 it's a 60 cm SATA power extension cable but the ends have to be slim enough to get fed round the back of the bay into the drive sled area. Some use adapters to molex from the ODD as the molex ends are quite easy to remove, feed through the gap and reattach with sata converters at the other end.

    If you want external power for any other devices in your PCIe slots run the extension else go for the X2 duo. My ODD lead powers a SSD stuck on top of the original SSD and goes in sata port 2 of the original X2.
     
  14. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks all for your answers! Finally I´ve purchased the Velocity Solo x2. Just if it is of somebody´s interest, this is the email I got from Apricorn, just confirming the type of cables other users have suggested previously for the Mac pro 2009:

    You can use any of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/Pin-SATA-Power-Extension-Cable/dp/B002P6W9UG
    data
    http://www.amazon.com/Generic-24014...TF8&qid=1346433142&sr=1-2&keywords=sata+cable
    mounting kit (optional)
    http://www.amazon.com/2-5-inch-Driv...&sr=1-9&keywords=2.5+inch+drive+mount+adapter
     
  15. roblogic1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Apricorn just confirmed that the DUO can handle the drives "separately or concatenate "
     

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