How much storage is available in my Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Loyalty4Life, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

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    I have the first gen mac pro. It was advertised as holding up to 2TB or storage (500GB x 4). I have heard that more storage is possible though. Can anyone verify this? Can I put 1TB drives in here? What's the storage limit?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. inigel macrumors regular

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    I haven't heard of anyone complaining about storage barriers. Theoretically, 4TB sounds doable.
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    using 64-bit hardware, the MP can theoretically take 512 terrabytes (i think).

    you are limited by the current technology, the largest hard drives you can get are 1.5TB, so youcan get 4x1.5TB which is 6TB.
     
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  5. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    Bumping to 6TB - with four Seagate Barracudda 7200.11 1.5 TB drives.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats ok, im very jealous of your MP haha.

    apparently you can expand your MP to have 6 bays (using the internal CD/DVD sata bay drives i believe), that would expand you to a total of 9TB :eek:

    add in some external eSata drive and you could easily hit 15TB. :)
     
  7. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

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    you can also just use the other two sata connections on the motherboard if you want to use your optical bays for something else.
    one of these helps tidy it up a bit:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/MPQXES2/
     
  8. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    As long as we are reaching for the sky the MaxUpgrades MaxPro brackets allow you to use a total of 8 drives internally without using any PCI cards.

    4 Standard SATA drives (4x1.5Tb)
    2 SATA drives using the extra onboard SATA connectors (2x1.5Gb)
    2 more IDE drives using the optical drive IDE/PATA cables (2x750Gb since that is the largest IDE hard drives made)

    ...for a total of 10.5Tb internally! :eek:

    (Of course that requires Seagate to actually fix the problems with 1.5Tb drives noted in a lot of other threads, but it will be possible after they do!)
     

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