Mac Pro, what's your storage arrangement

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ssls6, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2013
    Curious what others are doing in their MacPro's, maybe I can learn a few things.

    This is my current setup

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

    2x2TB FW800 for clones

    My SSD and 2TB stripe will saturate the bus, overall pretty happy with storage performance.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    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

  3. macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    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.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    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:

    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.
  5. macrumors newbie


    Jan 31, 2006
    My MacPro acts a Server with 3x 3TB (WD Red) and 3x 2TB (WD Green), so it's at 13GB at the moment.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    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
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    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)

    + 1 TB Seagate FireWire 800 external drive for Time Machine
  8. macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    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).
  9. digitalhen, Mar 4, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    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.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    Mac Pro #1


    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


    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


    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


    G-Tech (2) G-Drive Mini 1 TB = Time Machine Backup
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    Nothing special here:
    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

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

    Server (see sig) for sharing and archives.

  12. Macsonic, Mar 4, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013

    macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    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
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    Have to ask: What's your main OS?

  14. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    Hi RGDS. My main OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2013
    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.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    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
  17. macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    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
    1 - 2 TB Hitachi HD for Data Backup
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    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
  19. macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    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+)
  20. macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    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.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    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.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2007
    128 GB SSD (soon to be 240 GB SSD)
    2 TB Caviar Black Data Drive
    2 TB Caviar Green Backup Drive
    1 TB Caviar Black Bootcamp Drive
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2013
    A bit surprised not to see DIY fusion drives yet.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    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.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Ulladulla, NSW Australia
    - 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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