Best external HDD solution for a 2008 Mac Pro?

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

  1. Gomff macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...sans_digital_towerstor-_-16-111-110-_-Product


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=caviar_black_1tb-_-22-136-533-_-Product

    now you need an esata jack for the mp's




    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/MPQXES2/


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




    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macpro_2009_esata/

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

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    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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