My Mac Pro Hack

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  1. Kingzone

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    Sep 18, 2015 at 6:46 PM #21
    Kingzone

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    All four drive bays will be available.

    I think it is important to recognise and support (without going OTT) companies that provide good products and give excellent customer services and support.
     
  2. VioletDragon

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    Sep 18, 2015 at 6:54 PM #22
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    Looks good. Pretty impressive :thumbup:
     
  3. Kingzone

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    Sep 26, 2015 at 7:14 PM #23
    Kingzone

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    OK it's 99% finished.

    The SAS conversion cable has arrived from the US.

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    This is it installed in the machine:

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    I am happy to report that this cable and connector works fine and all four HDD sleds are available for use.

    I like an indication of hard drive activity so I have added a nano white LED in the front grille just above the switch on the front panel which is connected to the HDD activity header on the motherboard.

    So that's about it as far as hardware/moding is concerned.

    I have made a start at installing the OS and other software and everything seems to be installing without to many problems.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 16.57.24.jpg Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 16.57.53.jpg Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 16.58.31.jpg Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 16.59.01.jpg

    I will post some final pictures of the finished case in a day or so when the software is fully installed :)
     
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    Sep 4, 2016 at 7:36 AM #24
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    I'm getting ready to build a Mac Pro 2006 hackintosh and I have the SAS cable. I'm trying to figure out exactly how people have wired the power to the SATA drives. I saw your post (from Mooner's original build) where you mention buying this Molex adapter. http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Molex/43020-0801/?qs=th8CuLdcYnnUcp9LIcG6sw==
    How do you connect this? Is there some kind of tool to crimp this together? I've never built a molex connector.

    Do you have a wiring schematic for the 8Pin power connector? I can cut the wires and solder the wires to 2 standard molex 4pin power connectors if that's easier. thanks
     
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    Sep 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM #25
    Kingzone

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    The power socket needs rewiring. I cut of this plug and replaced it with two Molex male plugs that each connect to two drives in parallel (a four pin Molex can be used because the Apple system does not need the Orange 3v connection to the drive)

    Some problems are being experienced with this conversion at the moment which can be followed here:

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/mac-pro-m...ld-mac-pro-hackintosh-conversion-problem.html


    I did not use the plug from Mouser in the end. I traced each of the cables (after I had cut off the original 8 pin connector) back to each drive bay and replaced the original single 8 pin connector for two 4 pin molex male plugs (each 4 pin molex plug serves two drive bays in parallel)
     
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    Nov 14, 2016 at 11:48 AM #26
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    Hi Kingzone,

    Nice work!

    What was the Noctua 120mm fan model you used?

    Thanks!
     
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    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:53 PM #27
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    I've been thinking of doing this for a very long time, and I am glad to see it's being done by others! The acrylic glass is a really nice touch to the over all theme, is this going to be used as a hackintosh or just install windows? It would be a pretty beast hackintosh if you ask me with the original Mac Pro case, but the interior is fully decked out.
     

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