Velocity Solo x2 w/SSD + Optical Drive


macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 23, 2012
Optical #1: I'm using a SATA splitter to send power to my Blu-ray drive AND a USB 3 card in the PCIe bays.

Optical #2: SATA cable is plugged directly into a Win7 SSD for power & data.

I ordered the wrong type of SATA DATA cable, as a temporary fix: I used the extra/unused SATA3 data port on my x2 card to provide data flow from the Blu-ray drive.

The BD drive works without any problem so far and it has not affected my SSD, which is my boot OSX drive.

Although, not ideal--do you guys see any potential problems with this?

*I'm waiting for the Lindy SATA Extension/Splitter


macrumors 6502
Mar 11, 2010
Berlin formerly London
I hope that I follow you correctly ?

Would it not be better to have your Win 7 SSD on the second data connection
of the Velocity card ? ( or is that your end game ? )

Then you have Blu Ray on an internal SATAII - fine
SSD Win 7 on the fast SATA III card with extra cable = great

Was that the error with the cable ??

As far as powering, I thing that will be fine, SSD won't draw much, 3or4 Watts.

EDIT - Ah, powering Blu Ray & USB3.0 card might not be the best idea when you want to power
2.5inch drives etc from the USB3.0 ports ... if you kept that in mind, then probably OK.



macrumors 6502a
Oct 18, 2013
Nope I'm doing the exact same thing right now. I am in the process of replacing the drives in my ZFS pool with larger drives so I have to do one at a time. As a result I am using power from the optical bay area and running a SATA cable to one of the new drives while it gets cloned.

I've got 9 hard drives all connected through SATA right now inside my Pro.

5 drives in RAID (Bays 1-4 + Velocity port)
2 extra solid states (each mounted to a Velocity)
1 system drive (on ODD port #1)
Revolving 1 extra drive to clone from the RAID (on other Velocity SATA port).


macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 23, 2012
Yeah, everything seems OK. No errors in OSX or Win7 bootcamp.

I didn't hookup the Win7 SSD drive to the 2nd Velocity SATA3 port because there is some kind of conflict that will not allow a 2nd SSD w/Win7 to boot properly in bootcamp.

There is a workaround but I didn't have time to troubleshoot it.