HDD Conundrum

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.
 

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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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Fishrrman

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

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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.

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At_Op45

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
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.
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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.
BTW, I use it as a HW RAID0.
 
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