What connector is this on my Mac Pro DVD drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by harveypooka, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. harveypooka macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004

    I have a spare DVD drive and decided to install it in my Mac Pro.

    When I opened up my case I found there was a standard Molex power cable, but the existing DVD drive in there had the above adaptor, with one spare to attach another drive with.

    My spare drive has space for SATA cables, that's about it.

    Any ideas what adaptor this is?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Looks like a standard PATA/IDE cable. As fitted to all original Mac Pros for optical drives: they did not use SATA optical drives.
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  4. nicfargo macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2008
    It's an IDE connector for sure...computers still come with these don't they? I'm not getting that old am I (geesh, I'm only 25 :-D)? This is exactly how I felt when I found out kids who are currently in high school don't know what cassette tapes or records are.
  5. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    oh my god. At first I looked around the pic, I couldn't figure out what you were talking about, I just saw an IDE cable blocking whatever it is you were trying to show us.

    Then I realized...

    You were asking what an IDE cable was.
  6. rtrt, Feb 23, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  7. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Actually that one is the power cable that is used on IDE drives- a
    Molex power connector. The other one as noted is the IDE data cable.
  8. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    Haha, I laughed so hard.. It is interesting how people who started on PC and transitioned to MAC's knowledge varys so much compared to people who have only known MAC.

    I wouldn't trade my PC years for anything, the ability to diagnose things, know how the computer works, installing programs, startup operations, etc...
  9. grue macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003

    That's a pretty ill-conceived stereotype.

    For every Mac user who can't change a hard drive, there are plenty of PC users who can't either.

    Likewise, there are plenty of Mac people who've never owned a PC but could easily build one from scratch.
  10. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    its true.
    you are both true. the thing is, its all in percentages.
    (im making this up)
    10% of ALL computer users are able to change a hardrive.
    10% of ALL are Mac, and 90% are PC.
    that makes 1% of Mac users being able to change hardrive, and 9% of PC users to change a hardrive. :D
    its funny.

    but i didnt have to open my mac not once. while pc had to be open all the time. :D
    + i wouldnt dream of overclocking it and installing extra fans in it like it did to my PC. :) (i had a power switch on, two 5" metal fans, sounded like a turbine) i learned so much. :D with blowing up the graphic card. and stuff. :)

    just last day i was going around my stuff and if found a 5.25" Floppy :D (im only 21 , i really only used one in my life :D )
  11. grue macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003
    Your (admittedly made up) statistics rely on the fallacy that the proportion of HD-changers to non-HD changers is the same in both populations…

    But while we're comparing our hackboxes… a decade or so ago, my Power Mac 8600 had a 4 disk RAID array in the bottom of the case, the floppy drive was removed to make room for another drive (these were all SCSI, mind you, so you had termination to worry about), and I had a slot-loading DVD drive and a CD burner, before Apple offered either. To decode DVDs I had to use a hardware decoder board which didn't have 2D output, so it used a video passthrough cable where the output some a 2D card was brought in on one port, then passed back out in another.. This was especially fun because I was using a ATI Rage 128 Pro for my 2D and OpenGL content, which passed the signal through a pair of Voodoo2 cards in SLI. I only had 3 PCI slots though, so I had to remove a card to make room when I wanted to watch a DVD.

    Trust me, just because most of Apple's customers are sheep who'd buy Steve Job's feces in a box as long as the box looked nice, doesn't mean there aren't the old timers like me who feel it's our right to bitch about Apple's current product line because we kept Apple in business before they were "cool" ;)
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's funny that you got your modifiers wrong, at least.

    if you're saying that 10% of ALL users know how (fallacy), then it wouldn't be ONE percent of all Mac users, it would be one percent of ALL computer users, meaning 10% of the Mac population.

    I still have a 5.25" hard drive....
  13. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    Would the mac pro know what to do with it? Does the logic board have a floppy connector? lol.
  14. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    well thats not funny, thats sad actually.
    i meant total. 1% of total users which are Mac and can change HD
    and 9% of total that are PC users and can change HD. i meant right.
    it was made up. it is silly to compare anyway.

    i have one of those too.. but i have nowhere to mount it:)
  15. byrgenar macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009
    Re. Converter

    I think rtrt is right. That looks like at molex to sata converter on the end of the molex. The ribbon is a just your everday IDE. Though what they are both doing together? I would guess you got the mac secondhand and the previous owner was using the 2nd bay.
    You can get a IDE to SATA converter but because they are a little more complicated it might be cheaper to get a different drive.

    Best of Luck
  16. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    No, brand new a few months ago.

    I just put the drive in there as it's safer rather than sitting in a draw! :)

    I guess I can get an IDE to SATA convertor? I already have the molex to sata.
  17. byrgenar macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009

    Just to make sure (it looks like a converter from the photo but you will be able to tell better than I can). The end of the power (4 wires) is a inch wide (about 5mm thick) with a L shape to it?
    Not that it matters to much I'm just curious why there is a converter in a new machine (unless you put it in of course).
    Converters (they have dropped in price since I last checked) can be had for £8 from Ebuyer (UK). I should think Newegg would have something for less if your stateside.

  18. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    I put the power adaptor in.

    I'm UK, so I'll check eBuyer and CCL Online.
  19. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    I built my own PC, but I've never come across one of these cables before.

    Simply experience.
  20. byrgenar macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009
    Ok, solved. Only thing to mention is make sure you get a Sata to IDE and not a
    IDE to Sata. Saves a whole load of mess.

    Best of Luck

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