Best external HDD solution for a 2008 Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Gomff, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Gomff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Hi All
    Can someone tell me what the fastest option is (excluding SSD's) for an external Hard drive for my 2008 machine? I'm thinking about as a drive for booting from into OS X and running Applications from since I may be in a situation where I need to work away from home but on a virtually identical machine.

    Is there much better than a 7200 RPM external hooked up via Firewire? Would fitting a SATA card make a big difference?

    No idea about this stuff!

    Thanks in advance.
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    well the fastest way would be esata sans digital makes a unit that has its own power and a usb2 and a esata connection. drop in a caviar black and it would be the fastest low cost solution. here are some links

    now you need an esata jack for the mp's Technology/MPQXES2/

    this is just an extension cord so you need the right mp for it to work

    here is an install video for a 2009 mp
  3. Gomff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Great info, thanks a lot!

    In the UK so had to track down the bits here but seems fairly straight forward.

    Thanks again.

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