1TB Raid0 in a MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Reao, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Reao macrumors member

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    I am looking at putting a MCE OptiBay Hard Drive in my MacBook Pro and fill it and my 100GB HD with 2 500 GB HD. my question is more on the MCE OptiBay. who all have done this and can i hear what you like and do not like abut it. i am wondering abut how loud it will be, how hot it will make my MacBook and if my book will go back together flush and not even tell that there are 2 HDs in it. i know i will loss abut 15% Battery life, i dont really care abut that my battery only hold 60M charge anyway. any help you guys can give me would be grate.
     
  2. digitalpencil macrumors 6502

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    Do you really need 1TB internal on a laptop?
    I'm not sure if it will sit flush although i'd imagine it'd be fine but it's going to be louder, hotter and a real power-hog..

    Personally i'd opt for a 2 drive FW800 caddy or eSata through your express34 slot.
     
  3. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    Well i dont really need the 1TB but i need more then the 100GB i have and i dont wont to have to deal with have more cords and stuff when im on the go so i am looking abut putting a latest a 200GB HD in it, so i was thinking if im already opening it up why not jest or all the way and put as much as i can in it.
    http://echeng.com/journal/2007/04/26/320gb-striped-array-raid-0-macbook-pro/ this is where i saw it first and i was really wondering if it sits flush now that its ben our for some time.
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 601

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    RAID 0 would have to be done in software since the MBP chipset doesn't support it. That is going to affect performance.

    Also, with RAID 0, if one of the drives suffers a problem, all your data is lost and irrecoverable (without professional help at extreme cost, and even then...). Since you're using portable drives in a portable machine, the chances of a problem occurring is much higher.

    Personally, I'd recommend you do what I did - put in a 320-500GB HDD to replace the existing HDD in the machine and then use external storage to back-up data and/or store data that I don't need to have on my MBP when I am on the road.
     
  5. unitysong macrumors newbie

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    Great advice!

    On top of the software RAID you'd have one drive on SATA and the other on PATA, I can't imagine that being efficient. Storage is nutty cheap right now, i.e. $110 for 320GB if you went with a larger single internal drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136197
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I like this concept! (not the raid, just an extra drive bay!) My Superdrive is dead anyway. I too would like to hear from anyone who has installed this device.

    Here it is...

    http://www.macworld.com/article/58673/2007/06/optibay.html

    Cheers,
     
  7. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    i know i have to software raid my book but will it really be that much of a differences in performances and wont having that 1TB to work with make up for it. and i know i have more of a chances of lousing all of my stuff with it like that but with time machine i am not concerned abut that.
     
  8. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, what that guy did was pretty cool. Probably wouldn't do it for myself since I use the optical drive so much though.
     
  9. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I use my MBP in workstation mode.

    I wonder if an external 1tb Raid 0/0+1 over firewire 800 will yield faster gains than the stock internal...or a single 7200 on a SATA II interface....
     

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