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Free up a spare drive sled in the Mac Pro
Authored by: tempel on May 20, '08 10:50:01AM

I have a question about this: I just bought an external drive enclosure with an eSATA connector (by Revoltec), and also installed one of those eSATA connectors from the internal free SATA connectors to the back of my 8-core Mac Pro.

The problem is that the drive is not getting recognized by the Mac now (10.5.2). The enclosure came with a CD containing drivers for "MAC", but they're from 2001 and surely not Intel-adapted. And they appear to be for the USB interface (which works out of the box).

So, does someone know how to make the Mac recognize eSATA drives connected via a SATA cable adapter to the mainboard?



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Free up a spare drive sled in the Mac Pro
Authored by: tempel on May 20, '08 12:05:34PM

Err, actually, I found that it _works_ just out of the box. But only when I have the drive connected at boot time! So, it's behaving like an internal drive that you cannot connect or remove while the Mac is running.

I wonder if there's a way to tell the OS that these two additional SATA slots on the board are to be treated like external drive connectors, allowing hot-swapping?



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Free up a spare drive sled in the Mac Pro
Authored by: sipatel on May 24, '08 03:51:45PM

Hot swapping isn't recommended on a Mac Pro!!



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