BTW, the price is pretty typical now for 320GB drives, which tend to be the best bang for the megabyte right now.arainert said:Great - so these will slide right into the internal enclosures on the Mac Pro?
Why am I always made skeptical of things that are priced so well
Here is the drive I ordered.arainert said:Thanks for the tip. Would have have any suggestions for alternatives?
Pretty much, just screw it to the bracket with the screws provided (retained in the bracket) then pop it in.arainert said:Is installation really as easy as popping open the cabinet and sliding it in and it'll show up on the desktop?
I installed 3 of the Western Digital Caviar drives into my Mac Pro. Install is very simple, just use the included screws in the trays and slide them back into place. Couldn't be easier. Very quiet drives.arainert said:Cool. Did a little research and I'm going to go for the Wester Digital Caviar. Thanks for all the help.
Is installation really as easy as popping open the cabinet and sliding it in and it'll show up on the desktop?
Mundy said:STAY AWAY from the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10! These drives are exhibiting a firmware conflict that, under OS X, causes horrible random write speeds. I know, because I had to RMA two of them back to NewEgg this morning.
Seagate has acknowledged the problem, but doesn't have a fix. It has been covered in some depth by both Barefeats.com and Xlr8yourmac.com, but unfortunately I didn't know about it until after I ordered the drives.
I went ahead and decided to benchmark the ones I received, and sure enough, they scored almost fifty points lower (!) in Xbench than my Western Digital RE2 drives. The problem was random reads and writes. Even in a striped configuration (RAID 0), the drives were slower than a single Western Digital RE2. I'm not saying that the RE2s are that much faster. I'm saying that something is wrong with the 7200.10.
If you're going to use the drive in a PC, the 7200.10 seems to be a great choice. But until Seagate gets their firmware issues straightened out, I would stay away from this drive under OS X.
You only need to 'zero out' the hard drive if you're giving it to somebody and you dont want them to recover the data. DO NOT zero out the hard drive for fun! It can take DAYS.Clix Pix said:Someone mentioned that I should choose an option called "erase to 0" and that I also need to make at least one clone of my primary HD.... ?