External caddy for 4 drives from Mac Pro Tower

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by btompsett, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. btompsett macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2016

    I have just upgraded from an early 2008 Mac Pro with 4 x 500GB 3.5inch 7200rpm drives to a late 2015 27inch 5k iMac. What is my best option in terms of an external caddy for utilising the 4 drives from my old Mac Pro. I do music and each drive is used to house things like projects/audio and various different sample libraries. Presumably a thunderbolt caddy would be best? Are there any particular specs I should look for? Thanks very much. Ben
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Check what model drives you have. You won't need the throughput of tunderbolt, USB 2/3 will be fine for older platter drives.
  3. btompsett thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2016
    I can't check my drives right now but am fairly certain they are 500GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s; 7200 rpm; 16MB cache, all 4 of them are the same except perhaps the system drive that might be 320gb capacity. My music projects will be pulling data from each drive simultaneously, for example it might be running a piano sample library from one drive, a drum library from another, orchestral stuff from another etc. Will USB 3 still be sufficient in these circumstances? Any recommendations?
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    A USB 3 enclosure would be adequate for platter drives. I would avoid USB 2 for being too slow and avoid Thunderbolt for costing too much.

    I would make sure you get a USB enclosure that supports UASP, but sorry I don't have a specific one in mind as I've never needed a 4-drive enclosure.
  5. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    At this point in those drives' lives, you might consider upgrading/consolidating to a dual drive RAID setup. Something like the WD My Book Duo. The USB 3 version should be fine.

    There are 4-bay JBOD enclosures out there, but reviews make them sound pretty flaky.
  6. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I use a OWC Thunderbay 4 on my 5K iMac which contains a couple of hard disks and a couple of SSD drives. It is working great for me. Somewhat cheaper is a USB 3.0 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 4-drive enclosure which should be fine for your hard disks.
  7. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
  8. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I like NASes. I put together a 4 drive NAS for about $75 (not including the cost of drives) and about 15 minutes of work. I get ~110MB/s reads and writes from it.
  9. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006

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