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Adding internal hard disk drive for Mac Pro.

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eurobum Calculating status...
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Dec 6, 2009 6:09 AM
OK. So, I would like to add a hard disk to my Mac Pro, and been looking at the 2TB SATA one from the Apple Store website.

My question is, are "other" otherwise PC-compatible drives compatible with the Pro? 2 TB ones not from the Apple store are a lot cheaper.

Like these for instance:

WD Caviar Green WD20EADS 2 TB
Hitachi DeskStar 7K2000 2 TB
Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2 TB

Thank you.


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Macbook 2.2GHz DCI, 2 GB ram; Mac Pro 2x2.6GHz DCI, 3 GB ram, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Dec 6, 2009 6:32 AM (in response to eurobum)
    Hi-

    You don't need to buy at the Apple Store.
    Regular sources for drives are fine.

    Of the 3 that you listed, Hitachi would be a good choice.
    Avoid the "Green" type drives for regular use- they are slower than normal drives, and most complain about performance.

    Personally, I would go for a Western Digital Black series drive:
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=733

    2TB should be no hassle, and no upgrade is necessary.
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  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Dec 6, 2009 7:00 AM (in response to eurobum)
    Hi-

    Any drive that is "green" or has a spindle speed of less than 7200 rpm is not meant for ordinary or performance use.
    These are archival or data base type drives.

    The Hitachi 7K drives are very good, but they have not seen updates to the technology like the Western Digital drives have.

    The WD Black drives are solid, quiet and cool, with some of the best performance characteristics of drives in that class.
    Also, the 2TB WD Black has a 64MB cache, which is very large and helps the system keep performance up using repetitively called files.
    The RE-4 is also a solid drive, with features that target the server market.
    These benchmarks help explain some of the issues, and performance that I have discussed:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/821

    There is a new Seagate on your list that is of the new SATA III standard.
    problem there is, it is a new, untested (by thousands of users) drive.
    Recent history with Seagate shows problems with their drives in the early stages.

    I would wait until that technology matures.

    Just to demonstrate, here are the concluding comments from benchmarks testing the new Seagate, as compared to the WD Black:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/866/8

    Two (or more) 2TB drives isn't a problem.
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  • Wolfi228 Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2009 10:38 AM (in response to eurobum)
    Two letters that make me just SHIVER,...."WD"!!!!
    Do yourself a HUGE favor,....pass on WD. I got three of them, ( I know,..dumb), 2 externals (first one broke, lost all data, second one mounts every christmas or so) and one internal (computer will not restart, only if I remove it).
    Never ever again will I buy WD!!
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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Dec 7, 2009 12:54 PM (in response to Wolfi228)
    Well, don't use WD externals, but don't judge how their internals do from that.

    And how drives are handled and shipped has a lot to do, as well as consumer, professional, enterprise.

    So tell that to my 2 dozen plus WD drives that I can't kill; Caviar, Green, Black and VelociRaptors (and some older Raptors).
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Dec 10, 2009 9:11 AM (in response to eurobum)
    It isn't something to worry about.

    Is 1GB = 1000MB or is it 1024MB?

    You have NEVER seen a drive, going back, 500GB was = 465GB; 320GB = 299GB; and 1TB is/was 933GB (until or unless you go with 'new math' maybe).
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216

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