£16.79 From Scan?
Scan.co.uk: 2 Port Lycom PE-115 SATA III
Edited to add: Sorry, missed the Mac bit :/
I have seen a few around that should work with the 2008 Mac Pro ie rocket raid, LSI, 3ware etc that will allow me to use a 6gbps SSD.
So I am basically after either a
A 6Gbps SATA Card ( None raid ) OR 6gbps SAS Card plus relevant cable to convert SAS to SATA 6Gbps which will allow OS X / Windows to boot / bootable
Any quotes, specs, suggestions as seen a few cards that require you to shutdown for 10 - 15 seconds in order to boot into OS X without giving kernel panics etc which I think were raid cards anyway
I did see the rocket raid 2722, 2721, 620, 640 and some other cards
Am hoping it won't cost more then £200 but if it is then at least I can add it to my to get list.
Was hoping for internal as was going to purchase
one 6gbps ssd
one OWC Multi mount
16gb of ram
multi mount basically is a hard drive type bracket to allow me to fit the 2.5" ssd into the optical drive bay. Will lose one of my optical drives but I can live with that.
Not sure. If anyone else counld answer that? Is there a differnce between external and internal SATA (besides the connectors) it would be worth sharing.
These are the specs it is listing:
• 6Gbps eSATA III external 2 Ports
• Compliant with 5Gbps PCI Express 2.0
• Fully compliant with Serial ATA specifications 2.6
• Supports SATA III transfer rate of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps 1.5Gbps
• Supports ATA and ATAPI commands
• Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
• Support AES-256
• 48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB
• Low Profile PCI Form Factor
• Includes an additional Low Profile Bracket
• Hot-plug capability
• Two Pin headers on board for LED connection
• Completely with drivers for 64bit / 32bit Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003
• 64bit / 32bit Windows 7 Built-in Driver support
• Fully RoHS compliant
If anyone else has suggestions im open to them
Do they do something similar that literally has the 2 sata ports on the board itself as apposed to the external eSATA ports or is it possible to get the sata connectors and solder them on or what exactly ?
Also on that card page it states the following
64bit / 32bit OS In-box Driver support non-booting Mac 10.5, 10.6, Linux
What does that mean ???
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 18th April 2011 at 12:48 PM.
Is it possible to get a SAS to SATA cable and use the above card ?
it is in the mac section on there site
The PE 115 seems similar aside from having internal onboard sata ports as apposed to esata - so curious if it supports OS X
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 18th April 2011 at 01:33 PM.
Are you shure that your mac has an express card?
I have just done a similar thing with my daughters mac book pro.
Edit - sorry I added the "book" bit when I read the post- of course a mac pro wouldn't need an express card
To answer a few questions:
SATA and eSATA difference = none apart from the conectors which are possibly the worst designed connectors avalible today. eSATA connectors have no mandated locking mechinsum so rely on friction between the pins in the connector and the wedge on the device/adaptor. This makes them very prone to falling off, something that is not good when it holds your data. Speedwise and electricly it is the same. One thing that can be of benifit with the eSATA cards is that they actually support hot swap as the SATA spec specifies, something that far to many internal controllers lack.
The non boot only bit probably reffers to the issue that boot time drivers/efi hooks are not avalible to be able to boot off hard drives atached to the card directly and it is a matter of waiting until the OS has booted and loaded the runtime drivers before the drives on the controller are accessable. Go non-extencible firmware interface implemenation.
SSD --> PCI Express 6gbps card --> Mac Pro
So that the SSD is my boot drive, if the eSATA are prone to falling off thats no good either as it will be running my OS.
So that leaves the question of
Go with the rocket raid 620 ( non raid version ) for aprox £40 or what other options do I have ?
The esata card mentioned before and the rocketraid have the same controller... whether this mean they are both exactly the same in terms of being a bootable device etc I dont know
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