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Old 10-31-2008, 07:00 PM
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just bought a new mac pro. thought i would save a bit of money by buying my ram and audio drives from a 3rd party. ram is on the way from crucial.com, any recommedations for SATA drives?
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:50 AM
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Default Re: hard drive advice for new mac pro

HI, HD are not so sensitive that RAM. Get a 15K RPM drive and lots of Cache for most bite.
Seagate, Samsung (which I use) never let me down. WD seems to get very hot in general and I have not used these. So, take your pick :)


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Old 11-01-2008, 08:20 AM
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HI, HD are not so sensitive that RAM. Get a 15K RPM drive and lots of Cache for most bite.
Seagate, Samsung (which I use) never let me down. WD seems to get very hot in general and I have not used these. So, take your pick :)


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Just an opinion. While that is not bad advice, there is little evidence to offer that ultra fast drives net any improvement in performance. Save the money and get a pair of 300-500 gig, 7200 rpm drives with 16meg cache. Or if you can afford larger, go for it and backup all you files on the second drive. SInce you have room for a total of 4 drives, you could even add a 4th for all your samples and maybe a partition for redundant backup.
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cool, (2) 500 gig, and (1) 1.5 ter 7200rpm seagate barracudas on the way....


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Old 11-01-2008, 09:16 AM
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Default Re: hard drive advice for new mac pro

Also high speed 10K drives increase heat due to the faster motor. High speed is a benefit when a lot of random data, but recording is long streams of data so little benefit.

I would say you'll will get more benefit from spreading load across multiple drives than one high speed drive. It will definitely reduce drive head activity and increase cache hits.
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