Add 2nd HD to new 2.5-G5 - New Maxtor 300GB SATA ... please advise

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by photo-video, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. photo-video macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I just bought my first Mac and I need some advice and guidance. I installed the new Production Suite and I need additional HD Space especially for Final Cut Pro.

    I have the standard 160GB drive that comes standard with the system. I was thinking about adding the new Maxtor DiamondMax 10 - SATA 300GB internal drive.

    Here are the key features and specs: (from the Maxtor website)
    FEATURES
    - Second-generation Serial ATA with 1.5Gb/sec interface speed
    - Native Command Queuing
    - 16MB cache buffer for 250 and 300GB drive
    - Fluid dynamic bearing motor for quiet operation
    - Improved reliability with:
    - Shock Protection System™
    - Data Protection System™

    High Performance
    - DiamondMax 10 supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ). NCQ intelligently reorders read and write commands to improve performance.

    Delivering reliability
    - DiamondMax 10 drives deliver high reliability and data integrity using the Maxtor-developed Shock Protection System™ (SPS) and Data Protection System™ (DPS)
    - SPS and DPS give the drive enhanced protection against operating and non-operating shock.

    There are two different things I can buy, a kit and just the drive. I found the drive at Dell Small Business with a 20% discount so the drive comes at only $204 dollars.

    link to Dell Small Business

    I think the difference is that the Kit comes with software called MaxBlast but if I understand correctly, that's only for Windows systems. Do I need any special software to format the drive on Mac OS X? Should the drive by itself be all I need or do I need the kit?

    Any input, advice, and/or recommendations would be appreciated .... new Mac owner here!!

    Thanks!
     
  2. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

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    You just the need the Serial ATA drive. Disk Utility in OS X can take care of partitioning.
     
  3. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

    BornAgainMac

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    I have 2 drives on mine and had no problems. It was easy to install and I have a dedicated drive for DV video. I only got the older 250 GB drive for $199 about 6 months ago. Eventually, I may swap out the 160 GB drive with a larger drive and use the 160 as a spare with plain vanilla OS/X if I need to bring the unit in for repairs someday.
     
  4. mischief macrumors 68030

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  5. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

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    With two posts, it sure is hard to keep up with who is writing what and where, eh? :)
     

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