eSATA mod-- need adapter, cables?
My MacPro 1,1 has finally died. My main storage is an eSATA RAID, and I know there are Thunderbolt adapters, but they're expensive. Have read much of eSATA mods on earlier mini's, some seemed to require removing optical drives, etc.
Does anyone know if, with a single boot drive installed, there is a *spare* internal SATA connector, to which I can connect a SATA to eSATA cable, find some way to route it outside the case, strain-relieve, etc., and connect to my eSATA RAID? Or is the iFixit two-drive adapter needed, even though I'm not installing a second drive inside the case?
Feeling a little dumb to solve my own problem, but maybe it saves someone else the research: For a new mini or any other model, USB 3 ports are numerous. For $25, a USB3-eSATA adapter (e.g. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech...) makes much more sense than a mod.