External faster than Internal?

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  1. afavreau macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Mac Pro (2006) and an external SATA enclosure, but no SATA card. I use a Raid 0 volume for my sound library because I need speed and responsiveness. I'm into audio recording.

    So I'm wondering, with a SATA card, would an external raid 0 system be better/faster than simply just putting my 2 stripped drives in the Mac Pro itself?

    If an external SATA card is better, than which one would you recommend?

    Thanks for your help

    Andre
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    It won't really matter with only two drives.

    Hope you use some sort of backup solution though.
     
  3. Loa macrumors 68000

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    Hello,

    Unless you get a SATA3 (6G) card in your Mac, and get a SATA3 compatible enclosure and SATA3 SSDs, the fastest and simplest way to go is inside your Mac.

    Loa
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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    Generally if your external and internal SATA is rated at the same speed, internal will always be faster. At the very least, you will be taking a speed hit just from the longer distance.
     
  5. afavreau thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My Mac Pro (2006) has PCI 1.0 so i'm not sure it can accept a 6G card, but anyway, I will go internal.

    Thanks for your help
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  7. Rustus Maximus macrumors 6502

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    Well, it can accept them but it will obviously throttle the output to 1.0 speeds. I use one in my 2006 for external purposes. The reason I went with a 6G card was just trying to extend the life of the card for when I do upgrade. Also, don't forget that the 2006 has two extra sata ports on the motherboard which could be used in an external manner.

    HERE is the card I am presently using and HERE is OWC's solution for utilizing the extra motherboard connectors in an external fashion.
     
  8. afavreau thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh really? 2 extra Sata ports on the motherboard?

    So i can just hook up my 2 external Sata drives to them?
    Can it go Raid 0 too?
     
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    On the 2010's one of the 2 extra ports is used by the superdrive. Any PATA connected superdrive Mac Pro will have the 2 available. Unless you don't need a DVD drive, then RAID any of them.
     

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