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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am placing my order for a Mini 1.1 (already have SATA running from internal port). If all goes well, I will connect up 3 SATA drives to my Mini Server.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pgershon wrote:
I am placing my order for a Mini 1.1 (already have SATA running from internal port). If all goes well, I will connect up 3 SATA drives to my Mini Server.


Just arrived. Will try connecting in next few days
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: well ? Reply with quote

Anything ever come of this?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still sitting in box. Hopefully this weekend I can get to it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally. I have PCI-Express Mini-Card SATA RAID controller installed in Mac Mini (1.1). I now have two different external SATA drives running from the Mini (one in internal HD spot) and have the ability to run a third drive as well.

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: SATA mini Pci-e from Commell Reply with quote

frsp_1 wrote:
Here is what you need:
http://www.commell.com.tw/Product/Peripheral/PCI%20Express%20mini%20card/MPX-3132.HTM
in addition, the drivers are available from Silicon Image here:
http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=32&cat=3&os=3
the only other thing you will need is a soldering iron or crimp tool to modify the included sata cable...
good luck and let me know i you need help with this mod!

Forgot to mention:
you can actually purchase them here:
http://www.globalamericaninc.com/p1507890/1507890_-_PCI-Express_Mini-Card_Serial_ATA_RAID_Controller/product_info.html
Call Cathy Perault at Global American:
T - 603-886-3900 X205
800-833-8999 X205
F - 603-886-4545
E-mail - cperault@globalamericaninc.com

These guys are a great company and are very attentive even for small or single-piece orders, and no, I don't work for them Wink


I have a Mac Mini 1.1 (1.66GHz Core Duo). frsp_1's method seems to work - thanks for the pointers!

I bought the mini-PCIe card from Global American. It arrived promptly - they're a pleasure to deal with.

I also bought a couple of these gender changers so that I wouldn't need to screw around with pinouts etc (L-SATA to eSATA converter):

http://www.vesalia.de/e_gcsataesata.htm

(Vesalia is in Germany, and I'm in the USA - their order was dispatched promptly and arrived within a few days.)

(An uglier alternative: http://www.cpustuff.com/esata-to-sata-adapter.-esatamsatam.html )

I opened my Mini, removed the WLAN card, and placed the mini-PCIe SATA card in.

The big problem was routing the thick red cables that were included with the card. The SATA connectors face the riser board that plugs into the back of the Mini's mobo. I'd already replaced the HDD with an SSD (quiet, cool, low power consumption) so I basically folded the cables under the SSD and then routed them out through the bottom, left, rear corner of the Mini. I literally hacksawed the corner of the case off.

I originally installed the wrong drivers. USE THE RAID DRIVERS - they work.

I only have one eSATA drive at the moment so I can't test throughput.

I'm planning to consolidate my daisy-chained external FW400 drives into a single eSATA-connected RAID such as OWC's Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEQX2T8.0S/

Next upgrade: better CPU!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pgershon wrote:
Finally. I have PCI-Express Mini-Card SATA RAID controller installed in Mac Mini (1.1). I now have two different external SATA drives running from the Mini (one in internal HD spot) and have the ability to run a third drive as well.


Does this mean that you are booting off a hard drive connected to the PCI-Express card? What's the performance like?

I'm thinking about setting up RAID-O if the mac mini will boot and run OSX off of the PCI-E controller...

-Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what mini do you have bobparr. the 2009 mini is smoking good with this hack I finished today.



http://techtalk.parts-express.com/showthread.php?t=213477


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am thinking i will do both hdds with two sans digital's they boot fine and work great.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
what mini do you have bobparr. the 2009 mini is smoking good with this hack I finished today.



http://techtalk.parts-express.com/showthread.php?t=213477


check the last page


I love the mod. Very nice.

I have a '07 Mini. Was a core solo, now a Core 2 Duo 2ghz. For media file storage I just got a 1TB Iomega MiniMax and a USB extension cord (it's hidden in my closet). I'm all about performance and I'm trying to squeeze as much out of the mac mini as I can. I gotta say, for a 4 year old computer and just a RAM upgrade and processor swap, it's holding up well... But if I could get a solid RAID0 setup going... Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the unit is a sans digital it is the only unit I know that presents 1 drive to the mini per sata connection even though it is a 2 drive raid0,


Sounds like this unit would work with any intel mini - just on the early ones you would replace the HD with this unit (is it bootable?), whereas on the 2009 mini you can replace the HD or the optical.

(The early intel minis have an IDE optical drive).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes I have it booted with 2 samsung 1tb f3 hdd's in a raid0 so if you have a 2008 mini you could pull the hdd and go to as big as a 4tb raid0 or a 2 tb raid1.


it really is a nice solution. you may even be able to leave the super drive in.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:15 am    Post subject: Ready to add a third SATA drive Reply with quote

My Mini has been set up with three external SATA cords (with the mini PCI express controller installed) and two drives connected through a SATA port (not eSATA). I now want to connect a third hard drive but the enclosure I used before (with a power supply and an internal style SATA port on the outside of the case) is no longer available. Any thoughts on an enclosure to use to connect to my SATA cable?
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ANy news?
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:13 pm    Post subject: Re: SATA mini Pci-e from Commell Reply with quote

Sharpe wrote:
I plan on using a single eSATA-connected RAID such as OWC's Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2:
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEQX2T8.0S/
I'm curious Sharpe, I don't think running a SATA cable to
that Qx2's enclosure's eSATA connection will work. So, did
you do it and did it work???
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