IDE HD in a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jbook, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Jbook macrumors member

    May 22, 2006
    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?
  2. waremaster macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2006
    You can install an IDE drive in the spare dvd bay you will get normal IDE drive speeds.
  3. thebeephaha macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Seattle WA
    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:
  4. Jbook thread starter macrumors member

    May 22, 2006

    hehe well im a junior in high school and splurged my life savings on a mac pro... i only have $50 now lol
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    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. :)
  6. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    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

    WD Caviar SE 160GB SATA 3Gbps, 7200 RPM 8MB Cache.
  7. Digidesign macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2002

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