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|Step 4: Connecting Drive Cables (SCSI/Power)|
Connecting Drive/Fan Power:
Locate two spare 8600 power supply connectors (behind the existing 8600 drives) and connect them to the fan/drive connectors. Like all power supply connectors, they are keyed with beveled corners and cannot be mated incorrectly. Ensure they are fully seated together.
Connecting SCSI cabling:
Final Cabled Array Installed in 8600
After a quick visual check to verify that all cables are attached, replace the 8600 case cover and power up the Mac. I did note slightly more noise from the 8600 sitting on my desktop after installing the 4 drive array. I don't find the noise near the level heard in some Mac clones, but if you insist on a totally quiet Mac this may not be the upgrade for you.
The procedure for installing the RAID software will vary depending on which package you use, but my next installment of this series will be a walk-through of configuring the array with Conley SoftRaid 2, my preferred RAID package.
If you do not desire to run a RAID array, you can use this setup to have 4 separate drives (volumes) instead. For most brands of drives you can use Apple's Drive Setup to install a driver and format the drives, or if you bought them from Other World Computing or Pro-Direct, the drives will already come formatted with a driver installed and ready to use (for non-RAID applications).
Optional: Dual Channel SCSI Configuration
I hope this tutorial has helped you gain the confidence to upgrade your 8600 but if not, I can setup the drives and build the array personally for a nominal fee. All you need to do is supply the drives, ProLine bracket kit and 8600 mounting plate.
Note that this kit will also work in the 9600, but will block access to the lower 3 PCI slots (you can't have PCI cards in the lower 3 slots with this kit in a 9600).
SoftRAID Setup: Although written as part of an IDE RAID article, to see how to install/configure SoftRAID, see this SoftRAID Install page. thanks for stopping by. For more on disk and SCSI controller upgrades (or IDE or Firewire), see the site Storage Articles Listing page.
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