Photo Gallery/Guide - iMac eSATA Mini-PCIe Card Install/Mod
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Last Updated: Sept 24th, 2010
(This is the 2nd report on using the mini-PCIe SATA card in an iMac that was previously used for mac mini eSATA mod. This one however has many photos of the steps along the way. He used a (modified) eSATA Port bracket at the bottom of the iMac, rather than just running the cables from the card to external drives as done in some earlier mods. Nice job.)
After reading your site I decided to try to install 2 eSATA ports on my iMac 2009 3.06 Core 2 Duo using the Commell MPX-3132 mini PCIe SATA card. The eSATA bracket I used was from www.satacables.com - I removed the bracket, LEDs and Pins so it would fit. I used 3M mounting tape to mount it to the case.
Here is a pic of the bracket:
Thanks for all your help - here are the pics of my results.SATA Mini-PCIe Card Kit
Mini-PCIe Card Size Comparison
Removing Lower Cover Plate on iMac
Removing iMac Display Glass
(Suction Cups like this can be bought at Home Depot, etc.)
Pix of iMac Airport Card (Mini-PCIe)
Pix of Airport Cables Tucked Away
Removing Airport Card Mtg Screws
Path of eSATA Cables
Testing eSATA (Verifying it Works)
(NOTE: You must install OS X drivers for the 3132 card. D/Ls at SI's 3132 drivers page.-Mike)
AJA Kona Benchmark Test
Removing Bracket from eSATA PCI Slot Adapter
Using PCI Bracket as Template for Holes
eSATA Cable Exit Hole Marked
Watch for Burrs (deburr cutout edges)
Remove LED from Bkt (unsoldering)
Mount with 3M (Dbl-Sided Adhesive) Tape
Bottom View with 3M Adh Tape Applied
eSATA Ports Board in Place
View of Bottom Plate Cutout w/Ports Installed
eSATA Cables Plugged-In
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