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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
    Hi,

    Please dont automatically hang me...

    But iv got a MAC Pro, Running Windows XP Pro (cus OS X doesnt yet support HD-DVD or Blu-Ray) and am trying to add an optical Blu-ray drive into it... alas in windows the 2 additional onboard SATA ports are inactive and the only ports i have availiable are the 3 additional HDD caddy slots at the top of the case...

    Alas these ports are kinda the wrong gender to just insert a standard SATA cable into, does anyone know where i can get a gender changer or a another way of getting this drive working in the computer !

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    There are two "hidden" SATA ports, are you saying those are the one's that are inactive? They should work fine if you plug the optical drive into one.

    xlr8yourmac.com has a nice walkthough. HD/ Optical drive is the same difference. Install is the same except the drive sled is designed for the optical drive.

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryphotoguy View Post
    There are two "hidden" SATA ports, are you saying those are the one's that are inactive? They should work fine if you plug the optical drive into one.

    xlr8yourmac.com has a nice walkthough. HD/ Optical drive is the same difference. Install is the same except the drive sled is designed for the optical drive.
    These ports would work fine for installing a SATA optical drive while using Apple OS X, but when running windows XP in bootcamp, those two sata ports are disabled ! the only four that are availiable to the operating system are the ones along the top of the chassis designed for the HDD caddie's...

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    Sorry, I tried newegg and google and came up empty.

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    Well i found this SATA Cable last night, after some very random searching...

    http://www.satacables.com/

    do a search for item number SS-AZX20MPSS and u'll see the cable i need, unfortunatly these people are an American Only retail store, they wont ship to the UK.... dammit...

    Alas i cant seem to find a UK based company that does anything like this !

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive

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    You should be able to find a SATA cable in your local computer shop.

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    Mac Pro + SATA Optical Drive
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    Well its in and working !

    Posted a mini guide with pics for anyone else who ever wants to add additional SATA drives in this fashion !

    http://www.fluxbox.co.uk/2008/06/05/...apple-mac-pro/

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