Comments for Other World Computing Blog » Other World Computing Blog Everything OWC and Newer Technology Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:13:08 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Apple Makes September 9 Event Official, Siri Gets In On the Fun by OWC Jarrod Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:13:08 +0000 That’s a very good guess. It would seem to be Apple TV related, for sure.

Comment on Apple Makes September 9 Event Official, Siri Gets In On the Fun by Michael W. Perry Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:10:10 +0000 My guess? Siri on the new Apple TV will learn what we like and suggest movies or TV shows when we say, “Siri give me a hint.”

Comment on Upgrade Your 06-08 Mac Pro’s Internal Bays to SATA 3.0 by Russ Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:53:41 +0000 Charles, this is fantastic! Thanks for the super-detailed explanation and product links, will save me days of work trying to figure it all out and find the pieces.

Comment on Upgrade Your 06-08 Mac Pro’s Internal Bays to SATA 3.0 by Charles Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:25:56 +0000 Dear Russ,

Okay, here are the details of what I purchased in order to install the NewerTech MaxPower RAID Mini-SAS 6G 1e1i card into a Late 2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1). I did this in the summer of 2014 and there may be better solutions available now. I also did most of my shopping at OWC ( and only had to shop at another store because I could find an what I needed at OWC for connecting a Mini-SAS card to four 3.5” drives in the internal drive bay. All of the things I purchased are still available and I’ve included the links to them.

Mini-SAS Card:

Obviously, you will need the MAXPower card. There are probably other (better) choices available, but this is the one OWC promotes.

NewerTech MAXPower RAID Mini-SAS 6G 1e1i : One external port/one internal port Mini-SAS 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 RAID controller card.

3.5” Drive Backplane Trays:

Because there is no connector on the motherboard that goes directly to the SATA connectors on the motherboard/backplane so you can use the original trays (as was the case with earlier models of the Mac Pro), you need to get special trays that will let you attach SATA connectors from the MAXPower card to the drives. The one I found is sold by MaxUpgrades ( These trays have an adapter that still gets power from the SATA connectors on the backplane, but mount the drive far enough away from the backplane so that there is enough room to attach a 90° SATA connector to the drive. The product comes with 4 trays and a fanout cable (or breakout cable) with a MiniSAS connector on one end and 90° SATA connectors on the other four ends.

MaxConnect (4-Drives-MiniSAS Cabling) BackPlane RAID Attachment for Mac Pro 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 [Model ID: 4,1 & 5,1] Models

3.5” to 5.25” Adapter:

In order to be able to boot up on an internal hard drive (you cannot directly boot up from any drive connected to the MAXPower card), you will need to have your boot drive use one of the SATA connectors for the DVD drive (i.e. one of the 5.25” drive bays). Again, there are many out there, but I bought the OWC one.

OWC Multi-Mount: 3.5″ to 5.25″ Hard Drive adapter bracket set. Install any 3.5″ hard drive into a 5.25″ drive bay. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty.

2.5” to 3.5” Adapter:

Since I wanted to be able to boot off an SSD drive (but still also boot off of a regular 3.5” hard drive that has a backup of my boot drive on an HD drive using Carbon Copy Cloner, as well as another partition for user folders, i.e. I didn’t want user data to fill up my SSD drive), I needed this adapter so I can put a 2.5” drive into the 3.5” to 5.25” adapter above. The 3.5” to 5.25” adapter bracket set allows two 3.5” drives to be installed (though it takes up more space than a 5.25” drive) or a 3.5” drive and a 2.5” drive (within the same space as a 5.25” drive).

OWC 2.5″ to 3.5″ Drive Adapter Bracket. Securely and easily install a 2.5″ form factor hard drive or SSD in a 3.5″ side mount drive bay.

(Optional) OWC Multi-Mount:

I already had the 2.5” to 3.5” adapters, so that is why I chose the 3.5” to 5.25” adapter brackets. If you don’t have any adapters at this point, then you may want to consider the OWC Multi-Mount. I’m not sure what is the difference but they have a generic one and one that is specifically for the 2009/2010 Mac Pro. If I didn’t already have a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter, I would probably have bout the Multi-Mount.

OWC Multi-Mount: 2.5 to 3.5 / 3.5 to 5.25 Hard Drive adapter bracket set for 2009/2010 Mac Pro. Install one 3.5″ and/or one 2.5″ HDD or SSD in a single 5.25″ bay.

I believe there is enough detail above so you can do what I did.

Comment on Upgrade Your 06-08 Mac Pro’s Internal Bays to SATA 3.0 by Carl Tanne Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:20:19 +0000 What I have done on my MacPro 3.1 is to simply use the mini-SAS connectors on the mini-SAS controller to 4 SSDs ea. with an internal or/and external mini-SAS to SATA fan out x4 connecting cable. You can either use the power feeds from the DVD bay, or power them externally. I took out my DVD drives and used the space to place the SSD drives; plenty of room there.

Comment on Upgrade Your 06-08 Mac Pro’s Internal Bays to SATA 3.0 by Russ Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:43:57 +0000 Charles, I want to do exactly this on a 5,1 and I’m sure many others do too. It would be great if you could post a shopping list for parts, particularly the connector cables and mounts between the motherboard and drive bays. Thanks!

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Comment on Back to School: Using a Vintage MacBook as an Inexpensive Student Computer by Michael W. Perry Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:37:07 +0000 Great advice. My now eight-year-old white MacBook is so practical, I’ve not be able to persuade myself to upgrade it. It’s reliable and, unlike Apple’s more recent models, it is fixable and upgradable. “What would a MBA do that it doesn’t do?,” I ask myself. “Nothing.”
For students it makes even more sense. College is a thief-rich environment. No thief is going to grab an old MacBook when, for the same effort, he can steal a new MBA.
And personally I’m growing tired of Apple’s obsession of thin over all else. Apple’s sales are now large enough, it needs a less publicized but practical series of products for those who care about utility over fashion. And heading the list would be a laptop that’s as reliable and easy to upgrade or fix at the white MacBook was. And since it’ll be larger, Apple can include a decent number of ports too.

Comment on OWC Gets 1,200MB/s from SSD in 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display by Adrian Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:38:37 +0000 Also hanging out for an upgrade here… storage limit on my late 2013 MacBook Pro is killing me :(

Comment on CES 2015: OWC Previews Transwarp Software – Instant SSD Cache Solution for Use with any HDD by Walter Bowen Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:16 +0000 I’m curious to know if this is still in the plans, too.

Comment on Upgrade Your 06-08 Mac Pro’s Internal Bays to SATA 3.0 by Charles Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 Dear NCarrion, I successfully used the the Newer Technology MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-1e1i controller to upgrade my Late 2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1). Because the motherboard connection to the 4 internal drive bays are different, you need to use different cables/mounts from the mini-SAS controller to your internal drives. Also, take note about the fact that you cannot boot from drives connected to this controller. I removed both DVD/BD burners and hooked up an SSD and an internal drive to these two ports so I can boot on the SSD, have a backup system and user files on the internal drive, and use all four drives connected to the mini-SAS controller as a RAID 0 drive array. If you need details about my set up, let me know. I’ll have to go back and see exactly what I bought in addition to the mini-SAS controller.

Comment on CES 2015: OWC Previews Transwarp Software – Instant SSD Cache Solution for Use with any HDD by Richard Moore Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:36:04 +0000 Is this product still going to be released, or has the price of dropping ssd drives made this solution unprofitable/obsolete?