Adding A New Hard Drive To MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tristanjove, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. tristanjove macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I am adding a new hard drive to my MacPro.
    It's a Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 5000AAKS SATA-II 16MB Cache.
    Do I have to do anything, before or after fitting it, like fromatting or whatever, or do I just slot it in and go.
    Thanks,
    Tristan.
     
  2. justG macrumors member

    justG

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    Orlando, FL, US
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    You will need to initialise (format) the drive. I did this pretty recently, but don't remember whether I was prompted to do so by OS X when I started the computer after installing the drive, or I had to remember to do it myself. In any case, you just launch Disk Utility and initialise the volume. I believe the norm is the Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) format, and I believe that you only need to bother with Journaled if you want Spotlight to be able to index the drive. The simplest thing, of course, is to see how your startup disk is formatted and select the same option. In any case, you'll be ready to go in just a couple minutes, easy peasy.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 601

    arkitect

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    #3
    Just run Disk Utility after you have installed it to format.

    I have filled up all 4 of my bays without a problem.

    Just be careful with the screws. They strip pretty easily so take it slow. :)


     
  4. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

    patrick0brien

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    -'Cause I can't resist adding my $0.02...

    Be sure the latch is open when you are swapping :D
     

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