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

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
Reply by The hatter on Dec 23, 2012 7:26 AM Helpful

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.

Reply by LordZedd on Dec 23, 2012 12:33 PM Helpful

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

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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    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 Level 1

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

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9

    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 Level 1

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