I’ve never used ZFS but thought apple had dropped support for it? After installing the Silicon Image Base, and then the Raid Management Drivers, both drives appeared on the Desktop and were behaving like other external drives. For my initial ‘proof of concept’ testing, I simply folded it over and ran it under the drive cage. The drive can be dismounted in the finder and after power down and power up again the drive remounts. I hope this guide was informative.

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Having read what little I could find about this installation, I recalled that the RAID drivers had to be used from this page same SI drivers page linked earlier. All brand or product names mentioned are properties of their respective companies.

Mac Mini Internal SATA Card Install/Mod for eSATA use

Using a USB In order to get the cover back on, I had to cut away a small section of the aluminum casing to the right of the USB ports. After some saying only the RAID driver install worked ma this, I asked what version of the driver he used.

Hosting and bandwidth provided by MacAce. Most of my effort in this project was invested in figuring out what to do with the cables. All sorts of goodies on this page They shipped the card the same day and I received it three days later.

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Incidentally, the salesperson I spoke to mentioned that mad was a popular item and they were down to seven units left in inventory. However the project still lives on – http: You’ll have to purchase a Sata-eSata cable adapter in order to hook up an eSata enclosure.

There is absolutely no clearance to fold the cables over. There’s a chamfer on the back left support post that I razored off in order to provide more clearance when routing the cables out the back. esaat

See below for info. May even use it as file server running Leopard Server – but the lack of a fast alternate boot drive is a bit of a handicap. Intuitively this card is not designed for the Mini and the very inflexible cables would be a chore to permanently install. This is why LittleBox looks rather messy and adhoc inside, as I’ve only just sat it there and used velcro on it’s base to keep it in place.

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Hooked up several different drives including a 2 drive port multiplier case will try with 5 drive case when time allows and everything so far has worked really well – velock hot swapping drives. This turned out to be far less atrocious looking than I feared.

Also remember some major OS X updates will remove the installed driver with a note in an incompatible software folder on the boot drive and require a driver reinstall or updated driver. The end of the other cable can be seen on the photo.

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After installation you have to reboot. But I don’t have a Mini Mac to try these mods.

The switch is no more difficult than installing memory and HD. I had already upgraded the processor to a 2. The numbers speak for themselves. For my initial ‘proof of concept’ testing, I simply folded it over and ran it under the drive cage. Here some real world copy tests: After installing the Silicon Image Base, and then the Raid Management Drivers, both drives appeared on the Desktop and were behaving like other external drives.

Delock PCI Express Card > 2x Power Over eSATA 5V/12V

For complete disclaimer and copyright information please read and understand the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy before using EveryMac. Now that I knew the card would work in Leopard, I faced the far tougher problem of cable management.

Sept 7th, more info in “Raoul’s” report again Updated: I’ve never used ZFS but thought apple had dropped support for it?

I asked if he could send a pix of that – he said he would over the weekend.