Are all bays created equal?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacSince1985, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. MacSince1985 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    I bought a few hard drives to fill the bays in my new Mac Pro. Does it matter which drive I put in which bay? I'm considering:
    - access speed (are all bays accessed at the same time or are some prioritized?)
    - cooling (which bays stay cooler because of their proximity to fans?)

    In other words, is there a preferred bay to put faster, heavily accessed drives vs. slower back-up drives?
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Nope, they all are equal.

    Put them in, in whatever order you feel like :)
  3. macz1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2007
    The drives in the bays near the front of the computer stay a bit cooler, especially if you have many PCIe cards or a powerful GPU. But the difference is not very big.
  4. Shademaster macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Cool fact, if you have a software raid volume spread out over multiple HD's you can take ehm all out, swap ehm around and put them back in and they still work!

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