|Jul 16, 2011, 04:25 AM||#1|
Just got a new Power Mac G5 (1.8GHz June 2004) model. Wondering what to do about a new hard disk...
I'm not expecting this computer to be lightning quick, it's nearly 7 years old, but I don't want a hard drive so slow that it becomes a constant bottleneck. I also need a decent amount of storage, 1TB at least, even more would be nice, though I'd settle for a faster 1TB drive now and think about adding a slower larger hard drive for media later (I already have 500GB of music in iTunes.)
I've found the Western Digital Caviar Green Series (2TB, ~5,400 rpm, 64MB cache, 3 year warranty) for sales for AU$100. Just wondering if anybody has any experience with this drive or has any recommendations.
Also found a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 7,200 rpm drive for $80, though the reviews I've seen actually seem to indicate it being slower than the Caviar Green.
Quick question: got a June 2004 Power Mac G5 which uses the SATA II standard for connecting hard drives.
Would a SATA III hard drive (Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX) work in this Mac?
EDIT: Nevermind, the Power Mac uses SATA I. Can't use the drive.
OK, the choice is as below:
Western Digital Caviar Green, $100, 2TB, ~5,400rpm, 64MB cache
Seagate Barracuda, $80, 1TB, 7,200rpm, 32MB cache
The price difference is a non-issue. Straigh up I will be using ~600GB of the drive, but I'm unlikely to come close to filling it anytime soon.
If the 2TB ~5,400rpm drive is only marginally slower than the 1TB 7,200rpm drive, I'll take the 2TB one, given the fact it has double the capacity. If however there is a significant different in everyday computing tasks I'd go for the 1TB drive and possibly re-asses the situation in a year or so when I have more cash to play with.
Again thanks for your help !
Last edited by Mitthrawnuruodo; Jul 16, 2011 at 09:31 AM. Reason: One thread please!
|Jul 16, 2011, 05:11 AM||#2|
PowerMac G5 2.0GHz Dual, 9GB DDR2, 1.5TB HDD, 2x 19"/ MacMini G4 1.42GHz FreeBSD Server and Firewall/ iPhone 3GS 32GB/ iPod Classic 6th Gen. 120GB/ iPad 16GB WiFi
|Jul 16, 2011, 05:39 AM||#3|
[QUOTE=sirozzy;12950224]Did you actually test it?[quote]
Nah don't have my hands on the new G5 yet.
|Jul 16, 2011, 09:04 AM||#4|
Just jumper the drive to SATA 2 and it will work on 1 and 2 just fine.
I have a SATA 3 WD Black in my G4 tower on a SATA 1 PCI card.
I would get the WD Green if performance isn't a major concern. They are actually 5900rpm. If speed may later be a concern then rather than the Seagate I recommend a WD Black.
Seagate used to be the best drive maker but since 2008 or so I would say WD is the best and Hitachi is 2nd.
Last edited by zen.state; Jul 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM.
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