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eSATA Extender Cable Adapter


Were you aware that your Mac Pro has up to two extra SATA ports on it's logic board?
That's right! Your Mac Pro has the ability to run 6 hard drives! But you only have 4 internal hard drive bays - what do you do with the extra two ports?

You add a NewerTech eSATA Extender Cable!
With the addition of this simple breakout cable, you now have the ability to run external eSATA devices, such as the award-winning line of OWC Mercury single and dual bay drives, or any other eSATA device.

The NewerTech eSATA Extender Cable has been specifically engineered just for the Mac Pro - and is guaranteed to fit perfectly! It's the first and only solution of this type!

Includes

  • The NewerTech eSATA Extender Cable
  • A full color installation guide


Features


Product Specifications:

Ports

  • Up to two (2) External eSATA

Type

  • SATA 3Gb/s

Connections

  • External - One SATA device per port
  • Internal - None

Bus Specifications

  • Internal SATA bus

Form Factor

  • Standard PCI

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 3.0Gb/s

Mac Requirements

  • Hardware: Intel-based Mac with available PCIe 2.0 or 1.0 slot**
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.x and later

Hot Plug/Hot Swap Support

  • Not Supported

Port Multiplier

  • No

Notes

  • The 2009 & 2010 Mac Pro comes stock with one available SATA port with the other used for the stock optical drive connection. This product can be used in lieu of a second optical drive.
  • Remove one of the SATA connections from the eSATA Extender Cable when using only one eSATA connection
  • Unused onboard SATA ports this device uses will only function when booted in OS X in 2006-2009 Mac Pro models.

Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n TCB-SATA-MP UPC#: 811643012004
The eSATA Extender Cable is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8-core)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.2 / 5 10 out of 11 (91%) reviewers would recommend this product
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nebraska Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Just don't be stupid! September 22, 2015 Having not thoroughly read the Notes section of the Product Specifications page on OWCs website I didn't realize the sata ports on the MacPro were the same ports that run the optical bays. I assumed they were extra, unused ports. Since I have both optical bays in use this didn't work for me. Not sure which I want more. Use of the 2nd bay (which I turned into an additional hard drive), or esata to run an external RAID enclosure. Cables are about 1 or 2 inches too short in my opinion. They reach but it's a struggle if your MacPro is as full of cards as mine is.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Montreal Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy and quick July 12, 2015 The product arrived promptly and well packaged. Works as it should! Thanks OWC!!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Finland Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great product and easy install April 8, 2015 Great product and easy install. works as expected. good installation guide.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Works great, slightly tricky install January 2, 2015 The idea here was to be able to extend the two unused SATA slots in my old Mac Pro so that I could use eSATA drives. I do a lot of audio work, so eSATA was preferable to the USB or FW ports on the machine.

The install was not as simple as I would have liked, almost entirely because of access issues: getting to the SATA connectors and then routing the cable through the computer to the back panel.

But it wasn't too bad and, once done, everything worked flawlessly. No functional hassles at all. This is a VERY inexpensive way to get more high-speed HD ports and worked very well for me. The only downside is inherent to eSATA, which is that the connector does not seat firmly and can easily be disconnected. A livable limitation.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New Zealand Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy way to get extra SATA connections November 20, 2014 A simple and cheap way to get extra SATA connections for your old Mac Pro. Pretty easy to fit if you have poked around inside a computer before.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: kallim123 Location: Arnessysla, Iceland Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Fine Solution to Connect 2 More Sata Disks to my MacPro December 30, 2013 Cheap Solution an easy to put in to Computer.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Austin, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy to install, highly recommended July 8, 2013 I am using this in an early-2008 Mac Pro.

Regarding installation, this was so much easier than I had anticpated. The included instructions were very clear and made step-by-step installation easy and relatively fast. I had the whole thing done in a half-hour, and I was working slowly and carefully.

I have not fully explored usage yet, but the tests I did had my external drives mounting exactly as I'd expect from an eSATA connection. The previous reviewer is correct, maximum total cable length must be observed. That would be the only drawback to this device - you have a half-meter of internal cabling that must always be taken into account.

The only cons I would mention, and they aren't related to this product but rather to usage with certain Mac Pro models - no port multiplier support and no hot swap support. Please research this with your particular Mac Pro and your intended usage to make sure this will work for you.

For my particular usage, this item was perfect. Easily worth the money and time to install.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: hadfiiw Location: Cary, NC Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Works well - once I had the correct length external cable October 12, 2012 I installed this into my Early 2008 Mac Pro to gain the additional two SATA ports. I actually bought two of them both for the same type of Mac Pro (early 2008)

Like another reviewer, it worked great for a few days and then started failing all over the place - mostly disk disconnections. Thinking it was the drive enclosure (also from macsales) I borrowed my buddies enclosure to rule it out. That also had massive disconnections.

I then noticed that this is really just an extender cable with an eSATA connector at the end. So, it is really a SATA connection from the computers standpoint.

SATA cables can only have lengths up to 1 meter. I had known this and bought a 1 meter cable with my enclosure. But it then dawned on me that when the 1 meter external cable is added to the extender cable from macsales I was, of course, over the 1 meter limit! Doh! I replaced the external 1 meter cables with 0.5 meter cables and all has been well for a year now.

Bottom line for me is that this works great - as long as you have a 0.5 meter cable or less to connect it to your external hard drives.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: PantherJeep Location: Oceanside, CA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 A great inexpensive eSATA solution for Mac Pro October 3, 2012 I purchased this adapter assembly along with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini drive enclosure for use in an Early 2008 Mac Pro. Installation is slightly fiddly, but by no means difficult. The instructions are adequately detailed, and accurately illustrate all necessary steps of installing this assembly. And value for price is outstanding (versus adding a PCIe eSATA card).

The port bracket itself does feel a bit on the thin side perhaps, and it did pop loose on me after installation. I reassembled it, tightened the bracket retainer a bit better, and all is well ever since. But really, I believe this piece of the assembly could be a bit more robust given the Mac Pro's bracket retention method.

Functionality is exactly as described, and works well with the aforementioned Mercury drive enclosure and a second single-disk eSATA drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: leeman Location: CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Cable was hard to install , but not what think. May 26, 2012 The Cable it self was to hard and did not bend well . works as advertised

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Xnmystc Location: Chappaqua, NY Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 2/5 Careful with that extender Eugene! March 19, 2012 I bought this extender to use with an early January 2008 8 core Mac Desktop. Right after I installed it it worked like a dream. I enjoyed having six esata drives process and store video. However, after a while problems cropped up. I noticed that a drive would drop out. Then the video got wonky. Luckily my computer was still under the Apple Care extended service when the video card went completely out BUT, here's the weird thing that blew the Apple techs minds, I could access my computer using Back to My Mac even with the card blown. After it was repaired I tried using the eSATA extender again and when the same issues, minus the video, started showing up I stopped using it immediately. So, if you have any other computer besides the January 2008 then this product will probably work just fine but if you have this model then I'd avoid it.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support March 20, 2012 The product is simply a cable that allows you to route the unused SATA ports on the motherboard to the outside of the machine. There are no additional components to fail or cause an incompatibility. The product is 100% compatible with that model of Mac Pro.
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