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Old Mar 3, 2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Mac Pro, what's your storage arrangement

Curious what others are doing in their MacPro's, maybe I can learn a few things.

This is my current setup

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240GB SSD for OS/Apps/~/Library
2TB Raid 0 stripe for /User/data
2TB Time machine for internal drives

External
2x2TB FW800 for clones

My SSD and 2TB stripe will saturate the bus, overall pretty happy with storage performance.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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My setup is as follows:.....

1 TB internal for OS/Apps
1 TB internal for Docs/Work
1 TB internal for BackUps
1 TB internal for Clones

External 1 TB FW800 for moving files and in work, external 1 TB Thunderbolt drive

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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240 SSD
1 3T Home
3 4TB JBOD

I have Linux box with 15TB in RAID 5 that serves as backup..

I have various other drive that do not stay plugged in that back up other important stuff.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 12:32 AM   #4
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512GB SSD in lower optical bay- Mac OSX and BootCamp partition

The following drives are connected via Highpoint's Rocketcache 3240x8 as a media scratch volume: http://www.storagereview.com/highpoi..._3240x8_review

3TB Seagate in Bay 1
240GB SSD in Bay 2
60GB SSD in Bay 3
60GB SSD in Bay 4

Various sized external hard drives in enclosures as well as bare drives.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 12:32 AM   #5
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My MacPro acts a Server with 3x 3TB (WD Red) and 3x 2TB (WD Green), so it's at 13GB at the moment.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 12:38 AM   #6
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4x1TB in a 2TB RAID10 (1 using an ODD port and stored in the optical bay) for local bulk storage

1x240GB SSD on a sled for boot/Apps
1x120GB SSD on ODD Port, also stored in optical bay, for scratch

4x2TB in a 6TB RAID5 in a Synology DS409 for long term storage

3x2TB in 4TB RAID5 on my Dell workstation for local storage for that machine plus some critical live backups from the MP (also 1x120GB SSD in that machine for boot)

Various externals as backups stored in a couple locations
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 02:19 AM   #7
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Intel 520 SSD 256 GB for OSX
Intel 520 SSD 256 GB for Windows 7
WD Caviar Black 1TB for Media/PhD backups
WD ??? 320 GB spare (came with Mac Pro, thought it was dead but turns out its not)

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 02:41 AM   #8
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256GB Samsung 830 - OS X
180GB Intel 330 - Aperture library, CD collection
2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - TimeMachine

2*2TB Seagate Barracuda Green in Synology DS 212+ (Raid 1).
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 02:51 AM   #9
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240GB SSD for Apps/Windows (no OS X!)
2TB for Data (Pics/Music/Dropbox)
2TB for Archive (Video/Scratch/Downloads/Other data)
2TB for TV
3TB for my DVD and Blu-ray rips

Server with 12TB for backups (this is Ubuntu running ZFS. It rsyncs with my Mac Pro, and then snapshots the data). It's also uploading to Crashplan.
Synology with 8TB for offsite

I *used* to have software RAID0 on the Mac Pro, but it crashed, so I went back to individual drives.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 03:16 AM   #10
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Mac Pro #1

Internal

Samsung 840 256 SSD OS/Apps/~/Library sitting in optical bay

Bays 1,2,3,4 each with Hitachi Enterprise 2 TB drives (8TB) Raid 0

External

1. CalDigit VR2 8 TB = Time Machine Backup
2. CalDigit VR2 8 TB = Carbon Copy Backup
3. (4) CalDigit AV Drive 4 TB = Rotational Offsite Backups.

Mac Pro #2

Internal

Samsung 840 256 SSD OS/Apps/~/Library sitting in optical bay

Bays 1,2,3, each with Hitachi Enterprise 2 TB drives (6TB) Raid 0

External

G-Tech (2) G-Drive Mini 1 TB = Time Machine Backup
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 03:33 AM   #11
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Nothing special here:
internal:
120 GB OZC SSD (OS + Apps)
2X 1 TB As mirrored soft RAID (current projects, Libraries (Aperture, itunes etc,)
320 GB HDD, partitioned as internal mirror OS / BootCamp

External:
2X 1TB (FW800) (backup of raid, other unused)

Server (see sig) for sharing and archives.

RGDS,
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 03:46 AM   #12
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Just a simple setup

1 TB HD 1 Main Boot Drive, Apps
2 TBHD 2 Files
1 TBHD 3 Mountain Lion OS
1 TBHD 4 Clone of Main Boot Drive, Apps
External FW Western Digital 2 TB - Backup to TBHD 2 Files

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 03:47 AM   #13
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Just a simple setup

1 TB HD 1 Main Boot Drive, Apps
2 TBHD 2 Files
1 TBHD 3 Mountain Lion OS
1 TBHD 4 Clone of Main Boot Drive, Apps
External FW Western Digital 2 TB
Have to ask: What's your main OS?

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 03:48 AM   #14
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Have to ask: What's your main OS?

RGDS,
Hi RGDS. My main OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 07:51 AM   #15
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Some really creating storage solutions. One of these days I'm gonna make a backup server I just not sure how yet. I do know it won't be wifi.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 08:08 AM   #16
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1 "old" 320GB for ML
1 2TB Caviar Black for Media
1 2TB Caviar Black for stuff
1 old 750GB that has Snow leopard and older software like FCP7

1 ReadyNas Pro 12 TB for storage of media that are not often in use and media that I use to access with Plex

1 Stardom 16TB eSata raid for my work files (RED and other camera footage)

Too many 1TB, 2TB, 3TB $ 4TB external hard drives scattered around my desk (the ones I can see: 7). Either FW800 or eSata

The storage need for my RED EPIC camera is overwhelming

EDIT: The NAS was not a very good idea. I should have bought a smaller one, as copying over the large RED files takes way too long over wifi, and bought another DAS for that purpose
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 08:22 AM   #17
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1 - 256 GB Crucial M4 SSD in a Apricorn Velocity X2 Card for OSX / Apps
1 - 160 GB Intel G2 SSD on the second optical connection for Windows 8
1 - 1 TB Western Digital Black HD for Windows 7
2 - 1 TB Western Digital RE3 drives in RAID 0 for Data
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 02:17 PM   #18
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240gb SSD for OS X/Apps
256gb SSD for Windows 7/Games (strictly for gaming)
1TB for Home Directory
1TB for Virtual Machines / Scratch Disk / Video Encodes temp storage
1TB Unused - may use it for OS clone

3TB Time Capsule for backups

I also backup online using Backblaze
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EDIT: The NAS was not a very good idea. I should have bought a smaller one, as copying over the large RED files takes way too long over wifi, and bought another DAS for that purpose
Does your NAS have dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and support 802.11ad? If so, then you can get a router that supports 802.11ad and utilise the two GbE ports on the Mac Pro. Such a wired solution will give you very good transfer rates (around 180 MB/s with a Synology DS1511+)
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HD1: 2TB WD Green
HD2: 2TB WD Green
HD3: 2TB WD Green
HD4: Empty

I have had one of these fail, but it was replaced under warranty from WD. I have been waiting to see if the 3TB drive prices were going to fall, but haven't really needed an extra drive yet.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 05:38 PM   #21
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Bay 1 & Bay 2 - 2Tb Hitachi - RAID0 - Data Disc
Bay 3 & Bay 4 - 2Tb Hitachi - RAID0 - iTunes Library
Bay 5 & Bay 6 - 2 240GbSSD - RAID0 - OS/APPS

1 4 Bay OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 - 4 2TB WD in a RAID5 (6Tb total) - Backup for Data Disc
1 3TB WD external drive - Backup (iTunes)
1 500Gb external drive - Backup OS/APPS
1 2 Bay Vantec external box - 2Tb total - unused at the moment.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 06:55 PM   #22
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128 GB SSD (soon to be 240 GB SSD)
2 TB Caviar Black Data Drive
2 TB Caviar Green Backup Drive
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A bit surprised not to see DIY fusion drives yet.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 07:13 PM   #24
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I use a fairly simple setup.

Bay 1: Apple 640GB drive with Apps and Downloads
Bay 2: Agility 4 128GB with OS X
Bay 3: Empty
Bay 4: Empty

eSATA: Mediasonic 3x2TB in SPANNING
- 5TB Partition with lots of media and related content.
- 1TB Partition for Time Machine backups.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 10:07 PM   #25
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- 4 x Bays are all EMPTY!

- OWC Accelsior 960GB SSD PCI as my only internal drive at the moment. Stores all OS, apps, media and project files for now.

- External USB 3TB Seagate Drive for Time Machine

- 2 x Lacie 4Big Quadra 12TB RAID 5 Arrays connected to a Mac Mini for backup and storage.

I have also just got a Sonnet Tempo SSD Pro PCI card on to which I will be installing 2 x Samsung SSD 840 Pro 512GB drives in a 1TB RAID 0 stripe to either replace my Accelsior, or use along side, with my Accelsior used for media duties while my Samsungs will be everything else.
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