IDE HD in a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jbook, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Jbook macrumors member

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    Hey people,

    I was wondering if I could put an IDE hard drive in my mac pro. I dont want to spend the money on an extra sata2 HD. if its possible, what kind of transfer rates could i expect? how much slower is this than an sata2 drive?
     
  2. waremaster macrumors 6502

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    You can install an IDE drive in the spare dvd bay you will get normal IDE drive speeds.
     
  3. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    But why? SATA2 drives are dirt cheap right now... up to 320gigs for 100 bucks, 120 for like 45-50. :confused:

    If you can afford a Mac Pro surely you will want to not bog it down with old hardware? :confused:
     
  4. Jbook thread starter macrumors member

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    hehe well im a junior in high school and splurged my life savings on a mac pro... i only have $50 now lol
     
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    LOL. Spending money on what's important in life is always a must. :rolleyes:

    I did the same at your age!

    I'd get a SATA hard drive even if it means saving for a little longer. It doesn't need to be a specifically SATA2 one (although I think they all are). SATA is a much nicer solution imo and is a hell of a lot nicer and easier to install in a Mac Pro. :)
     
  6. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    I know that feeling, though I did it on a MBP. Frankly i'm kinda upset, seeing as I could have had a Mac Pro had I waited another 4-ish months :eek:

    you'll manage it though.

    edit: 50 bucks you say? I know it may be tough to scrounge up the extra $4.99 or so.... but how about
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144415

    WD Caviar SE 160GB SATA 3Gbps, 7200 RPM 8MB Cache.
     
  7. Digidesign macrumors 6502

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