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Hardware Thread, advice on new computer in Technical; Originally Posted by mac_shinobi I have the 2008 mac pro It would still work the same way since you would ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    I have the 2008 mac pro
    It would still work the same way since you would be using Disk Utility to create the RAID array. As you long you had two spare SATA ports in your Mac Pro you will be fine (that is if you decided to buy two SSDs rather than one). The other option would be to buy a proper hardware-based RAID card, but that's going be very expensive.

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    Also if I get a SATA 6gbps pci express card - would that allow me to make a SATA 6 gbps SSD bootable on the mac?
    Depends on the card. The only 6Gbps PCIe cards I can find that are Mac compatible are these eSATA cards (and they are not bootable)...

    http://www.caldigit.com/FASTA-2e/
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer...gy/MXPCIE6GS2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It would still work the same way since you would be using Disk Utility to create the RAID array. As you long you had two spare SATA ports in your Mac Pro you will be fine (that is if you decided to buy two SSDs rather than one). The other option would be to buy a proper hardware-based RAID card, but that's going be very expensive.


    Depends on the card. The only 6Gbps PCIe cards I can find that are Mac compatible are these eSATA cards (and they are not bootable)...

    Caldigit---FASTA-2E
    NewerTech MAXPower 6G PCIe eSATA Controller... (MXPCIE6GS2) at OWC
    Cool - could really do with a 6gbps bootable PCI E card so I can use a SATA 3 SSD in my 2008 mac pro - am sure there was a site - someones blog or someit that showed a number of PCI E sata 6gbps cards, shrugs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    someones blog or someit that showed a number of PCI E sata 6gbps cards, shrugs....
    Were you thinking of this page (all eSATA though)? What you need to look for is a SATA 6Gbps PCIe card that is EFI bootable. I looked on all the usual sites (OWC, NewerTech, HighPoint, Atto, CalDigit, Apple etc.) but none of them make or sell a card that would be suitable for your Mac Pro and a SATA III SSD. Even expensive cards made by companies like 3ware do not support this, so it looks like you're going to be stuck with SATA II for the foreseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    could really do with a 6gbps bootable PCI E card so I can use a SATA 3 SSD in my 2008 mac pro
    If only this was bootable on a Mac.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3997/o...ve-x2-review/1

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