Adding a USB 'C' card using spare power beneath CD-ROM (or other)
I have bought a Aukey Supersede Type C PCI-Express Card with 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C Ports to put in to my MacPro (early 2009) - MacPro5,1
However it needs to be powered from a SATA cable. Unfortunately all my internal bays are full (being 2 striped RAIDs) and the graphics card takes up both of its dedicated power cables.
The only vacant SATA power source is the moulded Power/Data SATA cable beneath the CD Superdrive - and that's at the front of the chassis with no hole or obvious voids to pass a cable through.
Any suggestions on how I can:
a) connect the USB 'C' card to the SATA at the front, under the CD?
b) power it some other way from the back end of the MacPro?
c) or another way of powering the USB 'C' card?
Well, we finally managed to make it work albeit with a lot of tinkering.
Myself and friend ran a SATA extension cable across the top of the front fan and up through a tiny hole between the chassis and the motherboard. We had to cut the power cable and reconnect them once the cables were up into the drive bay area but it all works now.
Many thanks for the help and suggestions.
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