A couple of weeks ago, we showed you how to add a PCIe card to the Early ’09 Mac Pro. that’s cool and all, but what if all you need is a simple eSATA port? Sure, there’s some darn good PCIe cards out there that will provide eSATA connectivity, but what if you’re on a budget?
For half the cost of the least expensive eSATA PCIe card, you can use Newer Technology’s eSATA Extender Cable Adapter to re-route the spare optical drive’s SATA connection to the outside.
It’s a straightforward installation, and when you’re done, you can enjoy a high-speed connection to your favorite eSATA device. If you don’t have one, I’d suggest the new Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2. They’re pretty slick and will take advantage of that new eSATA port’s speed.
You can find the videos both on our Early ’09 Mac Pro Installation Video page, as well as on our YouTube Channel. While you’re there, feel free to drop a line or leave a comment to let us know how we’re doing.