Hard drive advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mrt209, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. mrt209 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys :D

    I'm running out of storage and am looking for a new hard drive (2TB or 3 if not too expensive).

    I'm going to use the hdd for time machine and server backups. I know there's been a few other threads in the past asking the same, but those were mostly a year old.

    Right now I'm looking at this drive: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...02FAEX/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    Anyone have it? I'm pretty happy with the Caviar Black that came with my mac pro, so that's why I'm leaning towards this one.

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Nice drive. Noisy on seeks and gets hot. But I would get one if I needed 2TB or more. Just installed 4 in a 2008 Pro the other day. 1 boot and 3x RAID0. very nice. The RAID tested out at around 340MB/s using aja test.
     
  3. strausd macrumors 68030

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    I have 2 of those and 2 of the Caviar Greens, both are really nice. I have an OWC SSD as my boot drive with my home directory and everything else on my Caviar Blacks. I use TM and CCC to backup to my two Caviar Greens. I have had only good experiences with Western Digital drives and recommend them to everyone. Go for it!
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    your other option is buying these from a very good ebay seller

    he will take an offer of 150 or so. I have purchased a lot of these from him. They come sealed with a good warranty. Around 35 months on the warranty. no one sells them as low as he does. Read his feedback you will see I made a lot of purchases of them. He has some kind of deal with newegg to sell them.


    western digital 3tb.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Western-Digital...ltDomain_0&hash=item4158e6146e#ht_1458wt_1036
     
  5. dave239 macrumors newbie

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    I have been running 3 off 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black drives (together with the Apple original 1TB) since the New Year and have no complaints at all. I have a Kingston SSD for my boot drive and home folder with everything else on the Caviar Blacks.
     
  6. mrt209 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the input :)

    So should I go with the Caviar Green or Black drive? I know the green is a bit slower, but its also quieter. Which one should I choose?

    And how reliable is the 3TB one on Ebay? philipma1957 can you tell me if its noisy?

    Thanks :)
     
  7. strausd macrumors 68030

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    The green will be a bit quieter, but in my opinion, they are more for backups. If you don't plan on using the drive as a backup drive, go for the Caviar Black.
     
  8. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Well, they're also for slow media where speed isn't an issue. I have two 2TB Caviar Greens in Raid 1 and I put 14.6MP RAW photos and videos (shows and the like) on there. Speed isn't a necessity for them.
     
  9. strausd macrumors 68030

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    Good point. And I watch movies off CGs from time to time. But for everything else I do, I like the advantage of the CBs.
     
  10. mrt209 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So the CGs are better for media? I'll be watching some movies from the hard drive too.
     
  11. strausd macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily better, but if you are going to just be watching movies then you shouldn't notice a difference besides maybe a little less noise. And since you said you will be using it for time machine and server backups, I would suggest the Caviar Green. If you were going to be doing a lot of video editing or anything else that requires the fastest speed you can get without getting an SSD, then I would say go for the Caviar Black. But since it will be mainly for backups, go green!
     
  12. mrt209 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info. I'm going with the 3TB Caviar Green :)
     

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