4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2008 2:02 PM by Yositimy
canadave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm finally making the leap into Macdom with the newly released Mac Pro. I'm hoping to install two of my older IDE hard drives from an old PC...is that possible? Anything in particular I need to know/do?

  • AppleNewton Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    IDE + MacPro = no

    Logically, you could put them where the optical drives are and use that IDE bus. but thats kind of pointless. heh.
    My best option would be, get a external case for both drives or one with two slots and use them as external backups one for OS backup and another for data/files/video/photos/music/etc

    Grab a SATA 3Gbps drive and slap it in the new macpro, but if your buying your first macpro, it will come with a Sata drive preinstalled with the OS so if your used to having 2 drives in your system you can opt for the additional drive on purchase or buy it when you want/need.

    but you can still put those older IDE drives to good use, no need ot discard them, as with what iam doing with my MacPro from switching from my custom pc's.

    (off topic a bit ~ my system under XP and OSX says that my Drive bay1 (OS drive that came with the system) says its under IDE Channel 1 o_O even though its a sata drive ~ hmmm)
  • George Christensen Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Yes, there is a caddy available, or you coild likely fabricate one for the unused optical bay..


    I'm heading that way myself, have an IDE 500 sitting idle..
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,905 points)
    I would go with FireWire/USB and put just SATA drives in.
    500GB $99 or even 750GB for $163.
  • Yositimy Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    Anything is possible, most practical method is to put the IDE drives in one or two external firewire or USB cases. These run perhaps $20-$40 each. From your desktop, they will look like any other internal drive.

    If you insist on internal, your only option, I think, is to pull the optical drive(s) out and put the two IDE drives in their place. Fairly easy to do.