IDE HD in a Mac Pro

Jbook

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May 22, 2006
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Hey people,

I was wondering if I could put an IDE hard drive in my mac pro. I dont want to spend the money on an extra sata2 HD. if its possible, what kind of transfer rates could i expect? how much slower is this than an sata2 drive?
 

waremaster

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Aug 27, 2006
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Jbook said:
Hey people,

I was wondering if I could put an IDE hard drive in my mac pro. I dont want to spend the money on an extra sata2 HD. if its possible, what kind of transfer rates could i expect? how much slower is this than an sata2 drive?
You can install an IDE drive in the spare dvd bay you will get normal IDE drive speeds.
 

thebeephaha

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waremaster said:
You can install an IDE drive in the spare dvd bay you will get normal IDE drive speeds.
But why? SATA2 drives are dirt cheap right now... up to 320gigs for 100 bucks, 120 for like 45-50. :confused:

If you can afford a Mac Pro surely you will want to not bog it down with old hardware? :confused:
 

Jbook

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thebeephaha said:
But why? SATA2 drives are dirt cheap right now... up to 320gigs for 100 bucks, 120 for like 45-50. :confused:

If you can afford a Mac Pro surely you will want to not bog it down with old hardware? :confused:

hehe well im a junior in high school and splurged my life savings on a mac pro... i only have $50 now lol
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Jbook said:
hehe well im a junior in high school and splurged my life savings on a mac pro... i only have $50 now lol
LOL. Spending money on what's important in life is always a must. :rolleyes:

I did the same at your age!

I'd get a SATA hard drive even if it means saving for a little longer. It doesn't need to be a specifically SATA2 one (although I think they all are). SATA is a much nicer solution imo and is a hell of a lot nicer and easier to install in a Mac Pro. :)
 

Silentwave

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Jbook said:
hehe well im a junior in high school and splurged my life savings on a mac pro... i only have $50 now lol
I know that feeling, though I did it on a MBP. Frankly i'm kinda upset, seeing as I could have had a Mac Pro had I waited another 4-ish months :eek:

you'll manage it though.

edit: 50 bucks you say? I know it may be tough to scrounge up the extra $4.99 or so.... but how about
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144415

WD Caviar SE 160GB SATA 3Gbps, 7200 RPM 8MB Cache.