Buying a new HD for my 08 mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rpaloalto, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    So I just got my new mac pro and 23' acd. Yahoo:D
    Extra ram is on its way from owc.

    I now want to buy a extra Hd for storage as well as a install of windows later down the road.

    Are their any recommendations as to a particular brand or model?

    As long as it has the right specs will it be 100% compatible, after proper formating.
    Does apple have special firmware on their branded drives?

    If I like my new drive's performance better than the stock. Can I use it as my primary boot drive.
  2. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2008
    I would shop around a bit to find the specs you're looking for. I bought a couple of drives from OWC myself but also check out and because sometimes their prices are pretty low.

    OWC actually has a page to tell you if the HD is compatible with your mac pro so I would go that route, and their service is legendary.
  3. tabsaid macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Picked up a TB Hitachi from newegg over christmas. Works great. Any SATA HDD will work with the mac pro. I have 2 WD drives too. Even my G5 powermac worked with any drives I used. There is no special firmware on stock mac drives, they are just that overpriced. This goes for the boot drive aswell.
  4. OddThomas macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2008
    Grapevine, TX
    I bought 3 WD640s from OWC and put them in RAID0 (backed up with time machine). Work great, fast, quiet.
  5. Tracer macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    750GB's are the currently the best in the category of GB per Dollar.

  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's been over a year... why have we not seen any drives larger than a terabyte yet?! If the standard is five platters and we have a three platter terabyte now, pop another two in there and give us a 1.66TB 3.5" drive!

    Well, it's more like 1.4TB after the lie is taken care of, but still...
  7. big dainjerus macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    Have any of your WD640s made a kind of high pitched, whiny sound? Almost like a needle scratching across a chalkboard?
  8. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Wow! A 23 foot acd! Thats Awesome! :p

    (You want " for inches, and ' for feet. Congrats on the new rig!)
  9. OddThomas macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2008
    Grapevine, TX
    No, they are completely quiet. Any time i think they are making noise i turn around and realize it's the Dell behind me that i have not kicked to the curb yet... or sometimes it's the ceiling fan :) but the whole Mac Pro is quiet.. love it.

    The Mac Pro HD holders have rubbers for the screws that you put into the HD. Make sure those are screwed in right. they belong between the HD and the upper part of metal holder... this is hard to describe :)
  10. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2007
    San Dimas, CA
    Nope, I love my WD640. Do it baby!
  11. UnixMac macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's a royal pain to install, but I can't speak well enough for the Velociraptor.. as a matter of fact, I liked it so much, I'm runing two in a RAID 0 for my system disc.
  12. phalewhale macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2007
    Don't think you can go wrong with this drive:

    Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F SATA II300 7200rpm
    32MB Cache

    I've seen it as cheap as £90 in the UK
  13. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I'm getting ready to start doing some major video work on my Mac Pro (Ram in the mail) and I, too, am looking to swap out the main drive with something faster and more reliable.

    After reading an article on BareFeats, they seem to favor the WD RE2 drives. I checked the WD site and now it appears they have the RE3 with dual processors for a 20% speed improvement.

    Here is the RE2

    The RE3

    Do you think there would be any noticeable improvement in speed or longevity over the WD640 Caviar SE?
  14. rpaloalto thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    Thanks for all the input.:)
    I will be ordering the wd 640. As it has been mentioned numerous times here at Macrumors. As well as over at the apple support forums.

    I will use this as my main boot drive. I will then use the stock drive for installing windows and as a back up for storing photos, music files.

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