13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2006 5:49 PM by mbean
calfee Level 1 Level 1
I just bought my MAC PRO and wanted to know if anyone has any advice on where I can buy an additional 500 GIG internal hard drive for the machine?

If you have bought one, and have the URL to the item you bought, it would be a huge help.

Thanks.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7
    Many people find that OWC…

    http://www.macsales.com/

    … to be a good source of Mac related items.
  • calfee Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks. Is there one specific brand or type of Hard drive that's better than another for the MAC PRO? After looking at the URL above, there are many brands that sell SATA drives. Any one in particular people have tried and had luck with?

    Thanks again.
  • William Rivas Level 5 Level 5
    I just bought my MAC PRO and wanted to know if anyone
    has any advice on where I can buy an additional 500
    GIG internal hard drive for the machine?

    If you have bought one, and have the URL to the item
    you bought, it would be a huge help.

    Thanks.



    I prefer this drive and use it:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136014

    Quiet and fast, three year warranty.

    William
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7
    For a 500GB drive you have serveral options available to you with differing benefits. For all round performance I would go with a Maxtor MaXLine Pro. For quietness and low power usage with an excellent performance I would otherwise go with a Western Digital RE2. Both these drives come with a 5 year warranty and are enterprise (server) class drives.

    PS Good one William… NewEgg is another popular reseller.
  • William Rivas Level 5 Level 5
    For a 500GB drive you have
    serveral options available to you with differing
    benefits. For all round performance I would go with a
    Maxtor MaXLine Pro. For quietness and low power usage
    with an excellent performance I would otherwise go
    with a Western Digital RE2. Both these drives come
    with a 5 year warranty and are enterprise (server)
    class drives.

    PS Good one William… NewEgg is another popular
    reseller.



    Ned,

    Was gonna suggest those... But I did not! Great choices and not much more. For some reason the WD drives are quieter to me...

    Thanks!

    William
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7
    For some reason the WD drives are quieter to me

    They're not just quieter to you!! Western Digital seem to have hit on a winner with their current drives in this regard. They've definitely come a long way since their first 20/40MB hard drives. They were awful with around a 50% return rate.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9
    Western Digital Enterprise Series (5 yrs warranty)
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=2&language=en

    I've been buying direct from WD. Good price, latest revsions.

    SilentPC review Caviar SE16 500GB as quiet and fast:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article617-page1.html
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7
    Ain't nothing wrong with the SE16s. I bought an "lowly" SE 300GB to use as a Windows/junk drive in the 2nd optical drive bay. It'll be perfect in there. Low heat, low power and quiet. Not it won't be the best performing frive ever but it'll be fine for Windows.
  • PatrickL Level 1 Level 1
    I bought the 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 16M as a second drive. Plugged it in and in 2 minutes it showed up on my Desktop.

    I am using it as my music storage and video scratch drive. Quiet.

    Then again, so's the entire machine; can't even tell it's on!
  • the deebs Level 1 Level 1
    Seagate Barracudas win all the time for me on the PC. I am pleased to see that they seem equally efficient in a Mac environment.

    I've just bought my first Mac
  • necronym Level 4 Level 4
    I had a Seagate 7200.10 750GB that died within 5 days on installation.

    I replaced it with a Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB which is fast and quiet.

    The 250 WD drive that came with my Mac Pro is one noisey son of a bee yach. It's the noisiest thing in my Mac Pro so I don't think Western Digital have quite got the noise issue sewn up quite yet
  • mbean Level 4 Level 4
    The Seagate 250GB 7200.10 is a top performer as part of a RAID solution, but using it as a single disk on the Mac Pro results in write rates of 46MB/sec vs 77MB/sec when used on a host adapter or as part of a striped RAID set. I would rather not use a single Seagate 7200.10 on the Mac Pro internal SATA buses as a result.

    I tested 4 Seagate 250GB 7200.10 hard drives today on a host adapter and was able to get read rates of 303MB/sec and write performance of 306MB/sec. That is the best 4 drive 7200 RPM performance I have seen yet.

    Have fun!
  • mbean Level 4 Level 4
    My Favorite 500GB for the Mac Pro is the Maxtor Maxline Pro 500 7H500F0 500GB. You can find it here:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=100725