4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 5:02 AM by LordZedd
PaulCWall Level 1 (0 points)

I have a mid 2006 Mac Pro with 4 700gbit hard drives in a raid I would like to upgrade.  I have been told to upgrade 2 of these to 3TB drives.  What kind of drive would you recomend and where should I buy them?

Mac Pro, OS X Server
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    Enterprise, not Green, and not sure you want 3TB as those tend to be mostly slower or variable Green models.


    WD / Hitachi / Seagate


    You need 2TB or larger drive though for backups now so that you can clone and backup and 3TB gives you room to grow, but not for your array.


    4 x 2TB WD Black would probably be a good choice for the array. Then 3-4TB drive(s) for backup purpose.

  • LordZedd Level 1 (70 points)

    3TB is still unreliable and has issues supporting SATA II and Windows through bootcamp.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,674 points)

    I bought a 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM w64MB cache and am using it for backups. No problems yet, but "any drive can fail at any time."


    It is 6GB/sec capable, but it seemed to drop back to whatever the external enclosure requires, and connect via FireWire without incident.


    I always erase with security Options, write Zeroes, one pass, before I deploy a new drive or re-purpose an older drive.

  • LordZedd Level 1 (70 points)

    Using it as a backup drive is nothing like using it as a primary or RAID drive.