HDD-s on Mac Pro RAID linked, more power?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Andrei Nemo, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Andrei Nemo macrumors newbie

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    Hello to all!
    I am planning on upgrading HDD speed on my MacPro 2.8Ghz quad core. The extra power is used for writing incompressible data like PSD-s and Tiff-s.

    After reading tons of articles on SSD drives I have reached the conclusion that the speed Vs. cost it's not yet a good deal, when it comes to writing incompressible data.

    Now I have got to the final solution, of using 7200rpm HDD-s RAID linked.
    From what I have read the best HDD-s for RAID performance are WD Re4 enterprise. Correct?
    (read about the apple raid card and it's not worth the money)

    The big noob questions are:
    1. How do I link the HDD-s in RAID so that I gain more power?
    2. The more HDD-s RAID linked, the more power?( Was thinking of 4x500gb hdd-s)?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    Little Rock, AR
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    Assuming you are looking to fill 4 drive bays but don't need much storage. 4 drives in a RAID 0 (best performance) scares me. Are you looking at RAID 10? Higher capacity drives give better performance due to more denser platters. Another option would be 3 drives in a RAID 0 with a larger drive for time machine. How comfortable are you with downtime?
     

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