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hania
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Aug 26, 2012 13:04 |  #1

Got my macpro with basic 2TB drive. I have 3 other slots.

Any recommendation as to what 2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive to get? - Western Digital etc


Thought £130 for Apple supplied was a bit steep


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Aug 26, 2012 13:54 |  #2

First I would replace boot disk with 120GB or larger SSD. Then I would mate the 2TB with another one for a RAID 1 config. Use the same brand/model of drive....or replace it with a pair of Seagate 3TB Barracuda drives.

The RAID 1 set should provide you with plenty of space for large data sets like iTunes music, LR/PS/iPhoto/Aperture photo libraries, documents...etc. I would get a 3TB Time Capsule or other external 3TB drive for Time Machine backups.

As a reference, we got the wife a 3TB Seagate USB 3 at Costco store for $129. Her rMBP uses it for Time Machine backups.




  
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Aug 27, 2012 12:30 |  #3

If you need performance combined with storage, In my opnion there is nothing better than the western digital caviar black 2tb. A bit pricey right now around 170-210$ but worth every penny. There is another option, I believe its model is the RE4 Western Digital, basically the wd cav black with a bit more features bringing it to server grade, though the price jumps up quite a bit from the cav black.

I've used cav black with excellent performance and reliability.

I do second the idea to move your os to a ssd. If your storage needs are not massive, I would recommend putting in a 240 gig ssd in your first slot for your OS, a second ssd lesser in size, maybe the 120 gig and use that as your temp/cache drive then bay 3 and 4 use WD cav black 2tb.

That will give you wicked fast performance and still a good deal of storage internally.

just my .02c




  
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Sep 10, 2012 15:47 as a reply to  @ Hopelessdfilms's post |  #4

Thanks for all the advice. Shall be looking to get the 2tb first, they the ssd when I feel a bit more confident about moving the os.


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