Hard Drive Brand in New MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by flyingscott, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. flyingscott macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2007
    Question... for those that have received the new MacPro, what brand (Segate, Hitachi, etc...) of harddrive is Apple supplying? Specifically for the 500GB option...
  2. sys0p macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2007
    the 300 GB option gives you a Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache Hard Disk Drive Mfr P/n ST3320820AS
  3. spiritlevel macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    I'd like to know about the 500MB disk too as I ordered that one - I'm regretting it now as for the same increase in cost over the 360MD disk I could have kept that and got a new 500MB spinpoint F1.
  4. yesthisisapc macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2007
    I BELIEVE it's a seagate, but our rep for the store hasn't contacted us yet. Though in all honesty you're better off getting an aftermarket drive.
  5. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Apple have used a number of the big vendors in the past for drives of the same size. The best bet really is to order the 320GB and then if the hard drive matters to you go buy your own.
  6. awad macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2006
    i have the 500GB drive from apple, and i believe its a seagate.

    Capacity: 465.76 GB
    Model: ST3500630AS P
    Revision: 3.BTH
  7. BajaBurrito macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2004
    I tried getting this information out of Apple yesterday and their response was basically "we don't know".

    Actually, the rep was pretty sure that they are using Seagate drives in the Mac Pro across all sizes (320/500/750/1000GB) at the moment, but this cannot be guaranteed since they source their drives from multiple manufacturers and the drives used can change without notice.
  8. noi375 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    My 320GB hard drive in the new Mac Pro is Western Digital (forgot the model number).
  9. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    Thanks for the info. So this is the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 series.

    The 7200.11 has much better performance (surpassing the Raptors, according to barefeats), which is what I was hoping for. Seems that it is best to get stock drives and do the upgrades yourself.


    ... the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 One Terabyte 3G SATA drive (ST31000340AS). It out-performed the other three 1TB drives in 7 out of 8 tests. It's pretty amazing to see a 7200rpm drive transfer at over 100 megabytes per second. Eat your heart out, Raptor 10Ks!"
  10. BajaBurrito macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2004
    For Apple's 1TB upgrade option, it seems unlikely that a Western Digital drive would be used since AFAIK they do not offer a 32MB cache 1TB drive and that would conflict with Apple's stated spec of 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32MB cache. That doesn't rule out the possibility that the Hitachi 7K1000 might be used over the Seagate 7200.11 1TB, however, since both of those have a 32MB cache.

    My Mac Pro with a 1TB drive upgrade is set to arrive by next Friday and I can post back with my drive model if anyone is interested.
  11. thagomizer macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2005
    The barefeats review, while accurate for the drives tested, didn't test *all* competitive drives.

    The Western Digital 750GB "RE2" model is much faster than the Seagate 7200.11, according to this review, even though it's an older drive with smaller cache.


    The review shows just about all of the competitive drives in the 500GB - 1TB size.

    Note that the RE2 is a rather expensive enterprise-class drive, but it is very, very fast. See p. 5 of the review how it compares on boot times (for Windows, at least). It's at least 30% faster than the Barracuda 7200.11. And File Copy test on p. 6... again, RE2 is at the top.

    Even in this more recent review of the RE2-GP (a slow drive), the original RE2 still stacks up at the top.

  12. thagomizer macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2005
  13. big dainjerus macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
  14. OptikDesign macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2007
    Is Western Digital 500gb CAVIAR SATA 300 - 7200 RP 16mb good enough?
  15. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Pardon my pun but that is pretty much all harddrives do, store data.
  16. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    Yes, so was mine. A WD Caviar 320G. This came in a stock, not CTO model.
  17. umbilical macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    hi, I have the ST3500630AS P on my mac pro, that model have the seagate recent issues? my serial number is Serial Number: 9QG8S0KV

    Is good or bad??? I dont feel any problem...

  18. rastersize macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    A litle googeling on your part and you could have had the information almost instantaneously.

    Well Seagate says the drive isn't affected anyway.
    "1 9QG8S0KV Drive is not affected. No action required."
    See for your self:
    And click the link "3. Click here to use the serial number check utility."
  19. umbilical macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    Iam free of problems :) thanks

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