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How to install a USB3.0 express card on Mac Pro

USB3.0 express card

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I have never upgraded a computer, and just bought a USB3.0 express card.

I really fed up with installtion.
Anyone who is more into these tasks please give some advice.

Thanks in advance.



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1. Power off computer and remove power cable. 2. Lay machine on its left side as facing the front of it. 3. Reach around the back lift the latch you can see there remove the cover. 4. Remove the expansion card hold down plate by unscrewing the two knobs you will see sticking up from it. 5. Remove one of the expansion slot covers to allow you to install card. 6. Install the card in the expansion slot making sure it fully seats ie. it is all the way in the expansion slot on logic board. 7. Replace and completely screw down the expansion card hold down plate by screwing down the two knobs on it. 8. Put cover back on machine and move the latch on back into locked position ie. fully closed. 9. Stand machine back up connect power cable and turn it on. 10. Install drivers if not a card that is recognized by the operating system driver.

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To install in the Mac Pro:
1) Unplug the computer and touch something metal to ground yourself.

2) Unlock the case and take off the side door.

3) Lay the computer down.
4) There are 2 spring-loaded finger screws covering the available PCIe slots. Remove the 2 screws and take off the lock holding down the open PCIe cards.
5) Insert the USB card into an available PCIe slot (I used slot 3, for example). Make sure it's nice and snug in the PCIe slot
6) Take one end of the SATA "Y-Connector", the side that has the "Y" with 2 of the same connector, and plug one of those into the Inateck card.
7) Take the other end of the SATA connector, the side that you cut the plastic off, and connect it to an available SATA POWER port in your Mac Pro (available hard-drive bay).
8) Put the PCIe cover back up using the spring-loaded finger screws.
9) Close up your computer
10) Power on and Enjoy.
 

By the way, I highly recommend a new Inateck card for Mac Pro, which dosen't need additional power connection. 



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To install in the Mac Pro:
1) Unplug the computer and touch something metal to ground yourself.

2) Unlock the case and take off the side door.

3) Lay the computer down.
4) There are 2 spring-loaded finger screws covering the available PCIe slots. Remove the 2 screws and take off the lock holding down the open PCIe cards.
5) Insert the USB card into an available PCIe slot (I used slot 3, for example). Make sure it's nice and snug in the PCIe slot
6) Take one end of the SATA "Y-Connector", the side that has the "Y" with 2 of the same connector, and plug one of those into the Inateck card.
7) Take the other end of the SATA connector, the side that you cut the plastic off, and connect it to an available SATA POWER port in your Mac Pro (available hard-drive bay).
8) Put the PCIe cover back up using the spring-loaded finger screws.
9) Close up your computer
10) Power on and Enjoy.
 

By the way, I highly recommend a new Inateck card for Mac Pro, which dosen't need additional power connection. 

 

Problems with the Inateck card, when you sleep and wake up the computer it will disconnect the drive. And it also interferes with Bluetooth devices.







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