HDD Conundrum

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by At_Op45, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. At_Op45 macrumors member

    At_Op45

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    Hi there, I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this but, these part do come from two old early 2011 Core i5 13," and one mid-2012 Core i5 13" MacBook Pro.

    I currently own three, 2.5" 500GB HDD drives that have the same speed of 5400 RPM. I don't really know what to do with them. They are somewhat old, used, and arguably lack enough storage for DIY projects like a NAS or raid. I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations on how to best use them. Thank you.
     
  2. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    You can make a bunch of partitions on one of them and a bootable MacOS installer for each major version.

    This is nice if you want to go back to an older OS on one of your Macs or maybe a future Mac.
     
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  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Do you download any movies?
    Use one of the drives to store them.

    Set up another as either:
    - a bootable cloned backup of your internal drive
    or
    - an independently bootable-to-the-finder emergency drive (can be very handy at times)

    Use the third to keep files that are "expendable" -- such as extra copies of apps, copies of OS installers, etc.

    You don't need to put these drives into enclosures.
    Instead, use a cheap device like this to access all three:
    https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-2-5-...478&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=sabremt+usb3+to+ssd
     
  5. sosumi99 macrumors 6502

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    Given their age, I wouldn’t trust them as backup disks either. Maybe in RAID, but that’s about it.
     
  6. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    I dug out an older 2011 MBP 500 GB HD that was hardly used for I replaced it with a SDD years back. Im using it now in the below enclosure for a bootable disk I created for my iMac via Carbon Copy Cloner. I also have a USB-C enclosure I use with a Crucial 275 GB SSD to CCC bootable drive for my laptop.

    Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 1.41.05 PM.png
     
  7. At_Op45 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much for the enclosure recommendation! By chance, may recommend any enclosures that can maintain multiple HDDs? Thank you again.
     
  8. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    This is the one I have, or one very similar to it.

    It crashed once back in 2015, causing me to lose all my data, but I think this had more to do with an issue I was having on my iMac it was connected to. I think the a corrupted MacOS screwed up the indexing on the external drive.

    I stop using it for two years, and about a year ago started using it again. No problems in the past year.

    It is really fast with the two 3TB drive I have in it, just as fast as my Fusion Drive, and maybe faster.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 27, 2018 ---
    BTW, I use it as a HW RAID0.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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  10. At_Op45 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. Sorry, I missed your response earlier.
     

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