What adapter or sled is everyone using to connect SSD drives?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cbster, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. cbster macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Orange County
    I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of my new Mac Pro. I just received my OWC ssd that I'm going to use as my boot drive.

    What adapter or special drive sled is everyone using to connect their ssd's?
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    I used icydock. the one that came with my intel g2 ssd did not fit macpro sled design.

    but really, the ssd drive can just be attached to the sled with tape or a string or anything, there is no moving parts so no worry.
  3. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    :D love it! Although I use the IcyDock as well.
  4. sboerup macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I have mine just resting in the 5th drive bay, nothing special. But, you can "mount" the SSD in one of the 4 bays without a special sled. Its stays in fine, but I would add some tape or something else if you plan on moving it. You don't want to break the ports on either your drive, or worse, the mainboard.
  5. Ryan P macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
  6. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    Icy Dock from OWC is a good option. Or you can use custom sleds by MaxUpgrades and TransIntl designed to mount any 2.5" drive in the Mac Pro. There are also kits to mount SSDs and other notebook drives in the optical bay and PCIe bay.
  7. xgambit3 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2009
  8. SnoFlo macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2010
    I just let the SSD rest in the 2nd optical bay, no worries.
  9. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Mine will be in the optical bay, but I thought I would make it at least look good and get an OWC Multimount :)
  10. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Except most SSDs are in the 2.5" formfactor? :confused:
  12. cured.not.dried macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2008
    i just used the brackets mine came with but got a sata male to female cable and wound it from port 2 to slot 3. you hafta use the 15+7 pin ones (power+data) or else the logic board won't recognize it.

    i wish i had known about that kingston drive carrier from this guy's post:

    that looks perfect.
  13. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    I'm using an Icy Dock. It's a really neat bit of kit. Makes me feel better, as it was hanging by the connector for a day or so!!!
  14. ghostchild macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    do these work with laptop hds if i wanted to put on into my mac pro?
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    icydock from newegg.com < $20 for me. Only holds one 2.5" SSD.
  16. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Too bad they're out of stock right now:(
  17. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008
    The Kingston Drive Carrier works perfectly. Watch out for the OCZ "adapter" which does not work in the MP sledge.
  18. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I have velociraptor aluminum sleds


    I have six extra pm me for details note: just the aluminum sled not the velociraptor. they are collecting dust. I can fit two in a small us post office flat rate box. they turn your 2.5 into a 3.5 no one makes anything sturdier then this. solid aluminum block
  19. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    The Kingston drive carrier is the exact same thing as the Icy Dock carrier, only the label is different. ;)

    Icy Dock at Newegg: Hit me!

    BTW: I also use the Kingston carrier in my lower optical bay.
  20. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
  21. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    hmmm that's odd... I have been reading on these forums that individuals have had success with the included 3.5" OCZ adaptor. Did you physically try one???
  22. silby101 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Yup, I did.

    Since I already had one SSD in my optical bay, I needed to figure out how to install a second SSD on the cheap. I've heard of people using tape to hold the SSD to the top, so that the connector doesn't have any stress on it, but tape? Come on.

    Since the OCZ drive I got came with an adapter of sorts, I thought I'd give it a try. Problem that has already been stated, is that it mounts the SSD from the top, and adapts it for a side mount, but the Mac Pro mounts drives from the top, so what am I to do?

    Since I had a HDD installed in the bay beside the one I was going to install the SSD into, I figured I could use it to support the SSD. So I came up with the following solution.

    1. I installed the SSD free hanging onto the connectors, since the SSD is so light, there isn't much pressure on the connector, but enough that I wouldn't want it hanging there forever. It also isn't horizontal so the connection may come loose at some point.
    2. Use the adapter and screws that came with the OCZ drive, and attach it to the drive next to the bay you want to install the SSD into.
    3. There are already holes on the HDD that line up with the adapter, and they are threaded to the same pitch as the screws that come with the SSD, so I used those.
    4. Slide the HDD partially into place, but it can't go the entire way because the SSD is hanging down.
    5. Push the SSD up a little so that the adapter can slide under it. [​IMG]
    6. Then push the HDD all the way into place. You can see that the SSD is now sitting horizontal, and no pressure is being put onto the connectors. It is also impossible for it to fall down.
    7. In order to put the Mac Pro HDD adapter back into place, you need to remove two of the screws from their rubber mounts, otherwise the screws get caught on the SSD
    8. Here it is, finished looking good from the outside, since all the Mac Pro HDD sleds are in place, even though one of them isn't directly being used.
  23. Spud1 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Silby - many thanks for your idea of re-using the "Standard" 2.5-3.5" adaptor - I have just done the exact same thing but using the samsung adaptor (its the same thing..just not powder coated in black ;) )

    Has done the job perfectly and saves me spending £15 on an IcyBox - thanks!

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