Adding Raptor to Mac Pro

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  1. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    Hello, i recently bought a WD Raptor 150gb HD, and was planning to install it tomorrow in my mac pro. My question is once I install it in one of the bay drives, do i need to format or do anything of sort? I just plan on having it as a rip drive.

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  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    It does not hurt to do a quick format. This will take about 30 Sec.
     
  3. Clydefrog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so all i have to do is to say go into disk utility and just do a quick format for my new drive
     
  4. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Yep! go4it :p
     
  5. ideasman69 macrumors member

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    raptor as a rip drive? thats silly..

    make it ur primary drive and stick osx on it. your system will fly. use ur current drive as a data / rip drive.
     
  6. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I use my Raptor for scratch, cache and temporary files and stuff. Makes my Proapps much snappier. Are they gonna make any larger Raptors anytime soon?
     
  7. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    I highly doubt it since the newer 7200rpm drives have caught up to it in speed. I don't see any reason to dump money on raptors any more... which is a good thing. However, I still use mine 'cause I don't want to buy another drive.
     
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    The higher capacity drives (750GB and 1.000GB) are indeed nearly the same performance these days.
     
  9. Blogger macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but imagine what 10,000 RPM (or preferably 15,000) versions of those would be like.
    Hard drives are still by far the slowest element in modern computers.

    I don't suppose we'll see massive speed-ups until everything is solid state.
    They're not particularly fast now, but they have much more scope for big speed increases in the future.
     
  10. netdog macrumors 603

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    Yes, but if you make it your primary drive, it will definitely make Safari seem snappier.
     
  11. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

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    I had a 150GB Raptor at one time, but I could not push it to consistently best the speed of a stripe on 2x 250GB 7200RPM drives, which were a lot cheaper and gave me better storage. It didn't change the boot time either, when used as a primary drive. The Raptor is irritatingly loud in comparison too. I just didn't see it worth the money, and I still don't. I think the money is much better spent on 500GB or larger 7200RPM drives.
     
  12. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

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    They're not even available in that size, and the faster drives are a little different. 300GB in 10k is $375 and up, in 15k it is $600, and not available in SATA or SAS form factor.

    Solid state drives still aren't a panacea either. They might spec out well, but in actual practice, don't have a significant speedup compared to any current drives other than the 1.8" drives.
     
  13. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    That's pretty much the consensus these days - but a striped array is 100% less reliable than a single drive, so I'd prefer to have a Raptor or other single high-performance drive in that case.

    Right now I'm running two Hitachi 7K250 250GB SATA drives, and I've resisted the urge to do a RAID 0 for just that reason.
     
  14. Blogger macrumors 6502

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    JeffDM,

    That's why I said "Imagine". Larger drives have much higher data density, so at higher speeds they would be much faster.

    Re: solid state drives, perhaps you should re-read what I wrote.
     
  15. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but I still think it's meaningless because it's a treadmill problem. The higher RPM seems to exact a stiff capacity penalty. Improve on that, and it looks like it would improve the capacity of lower RPM drives at least as much.

    I really don't see anything that would change in the future either.
     
  16. Blogger macrumors 6502

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    Granted. But WD doesn't seem interested in perpendicular recording for the Raptors.

    They're up to 200MB/s Read and 100 MB/s write already, it should get a lot higher over the next few years. Have a look here:
    <http://www.stec-inc.com/product_search/sata_100to200_35_25.php>
     

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