Hard Drive Upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mosquiteki, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. mosquiteki macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    My mac pro is

    Model Identifier: MacPro4,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon

    is my mac pro compatible with the following 2 hard drives?

    Hitachi
    3.0TB Deskstar™ 7K3000 Hard Disk Drive
    3.5-Inch | SATA 6.0Gb/s | 7200RPM | 64MB Cache

    or

    Western

    3.0TB Caviar® Green Hard Disk Drive
    3.5-Inch | SATA 3.0Gb/s | Variable RPM | 64MB Cache
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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    I own two wd's they are good.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    Yes. Both will work, however, if you want speed, you'll want to get the Hitachi. If it's just for storage then the WD would probably be better.
     
  4. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    Mac Pros are compatible with any SATA hard drive
     
  5. mosquiteki thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

    reel2reel

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    I've got my Mac Pro loaded with 4 of those Hitachi 3 TB drives. (OS is on an SSD in the spare optical drive bay)

    OWC has good prices on the Hitachi drives.
     
  7. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Yes.

    The ICH was manufactured to the SATA II (3.0Gb/s) specification, but 6.0Gb/s drives will run on 3.0Gb/s ports due to backwards compatibility (there may be a performance drop as a result, particularly with SSD's; not so much with mechanical, as the fastest mechanical disks cannot even saturate the 3.0Gb/s interface for sustained throughputs).

    If you need 6.0Gb/s ports, there are PCIe cards that will work. Just keep in mind, most are eSATA for the MP (there are a couple of exceptions I'm aware of, but near the $380 - 400 USD mark, I don't see many takers - they're meant for mass storage solutions, such as attach 16 + disks running in a Z-RAID or Z-RAID2 configuration).
     

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