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12 April, 2011

eSATA card

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Don likes to open up his computers (and all sorts of gadgets), and I followed his advice. Although I only open up the computer if the computer is designed as user self serviceable.

Apple's Mac Pro is designed for users who like to add more RAM, HDD, and even adding PCIe cards. As a matter of fact, Apple's Mac Pro make it extremely easy to be opened up while maintaining its cleanness and beauty, in most cases, the easiness of opening the Mac Pro and cleanness of inside wins the competition to most PCs.

My slow Mac Pro (12-Core 2.66 GHz, mid-2010 model) was bought in October 2010, and it came with default 6GB memory (RAM) and 1TB Serial ATA hard disk drive (HDD). Not long after receiving the Mac Pro, I upgraded the default 1TB 7200 rpm HDD to 240GB SSD hard drive, although less storage space, it makes the computer much much faster, particularly when launching applications. Soon after that, I increased the RAM to Don's approved 48GB.

Well, the Mac Pro does not have the 10Gb/s link Thunderbolt connectivity, so I can only go for the next second best option - eSATA for more external hard disks.

Wait, the Mac Pro has room for 4 internal HDDs. (Actually, there are people managed to put 6 internal HDDs or even more by using second optical drive space or putting two 2.5-inch HDDs into each 3.5-inch HDD space.) And I have used three of them. Which means one left. Currently, I have three external HDDs connected via Firewire 800. All of those external HDD's cases were capable of eSATA. So I thought it might be time to add some eSATA ports while the Australian dollar is still high.

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So I got myself a MacPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card
I will install it once I have time. I believe this eSATA controller will make the file reading/writing faster on all external hard drives.

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related blog entries:
SSD is simply amazing! Really makes a whole difference. (12 November, 2010)
presenting a poor man's Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display (30 October, 2010)

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