updated 05:45 pm EDT, Fri July 23, 2010
Brackets install smaller drives in optical bays
Other World Computing has launched new Multi-Mount hard disk mounting kits for Mac Pros and PowerMacs. The new brackets are custom engineered and use hard rubber dampers, reducing noise and vibration, between the bracketed drives and the Mac case. They are made of high-grade aluminum and designed to fit smaller drives into the Mac's spare optical 5.25-inch bays, such as a 3.5-inch drive into a 5.25-inch bay. OWC is launching seven different brackets, with three of the brackets specific to Mac Pros. The two Mac Pro kits come with power and SATA cables. With the kits, users can add a 2.5-inch drive -- or SSD -- to a 3.5-inch bay, or a pair of 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives in a 5.25-inch bay.
The new kits include the OWC Multi-Mount 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch bracket for one drive, selling at $18. The 3.5-inch to 5.25-inch bracket, which fits either one or two 3.5-inch drives, costs $20, while the 2.5- to 3.5-inch & 3.5- to 5.25-inch bracket set, fitting a 2.5- and 3.5-inch pair into a 5.25-inch bay, is $30. Fitting two 2.5-inch drives into a 5.25-inch bay is possible with the 2.5- to 3.5-inch (x2) & 3.5- to 5.25-inch bracket set -- it sells for $40. The above are all compatible with the Mac Pro, PowerMac G5, PowerMac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors model and other PCs with available 5.25in or 3.5in bays.
The last three brackets are specific to the Mac Pro line. The OWC Multi-Mount 3.5- to 5.25-inch bracket for 2009 Mac Pro mounts a 3.5-inch drive in the second optical bay of the Mac for $20. The 3.5- to 5.25-inch bracket and cable set for Mac Pro 2006-2008 includes a power adapter and custom SATA cable, geared towards fitting a single 3.5-inch drive into the Power Mac's spare optical bay, for $25. The final bracket, the 2.5- to 3.5-inch (x2) & 3.5- to 5.25-inch bracket set for 2006-2008 Mac Pro, fits two 2.5-inch drives into the Mac optical bay, with a 'Y' power adapter and two custom SATA cables. It sells for $50.