Internal Drive... 8MB or 16MB Buffer...?

anim8or

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Aug 16, 2006
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I have just recently purchased a Mac Pro and am looking to add another internal hardrive.

I have found some good deals online but dont know whether i should be getting a drive with a 16Mb buffer or an 8Mb buffer?

Does it depend on what Mac Pro I have.

I have the 2.66GHz Quad btw.

Any advice would be great and any links to good deals on internals in the uk would be great too....
 

SDAVE

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Jun 16, 2007
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Go for 16MB.

There was a bunch of sales on .10 500GB Seagate SATAII drives for $99 somewhere...see if you can find it. They also carry a 5 year warranty, but beware they are louder (but faster) than any other drive.
 

tyr2

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Yeah go for 16Mb, generally it's not much more expensive and it'll bring performance gains.

If you're after a quiet, and cheap 500GB drive, I'd recommend the Samsung Spinrite HD501LJ. It's far from the quickest drive in it's class tho.
 

SDAVE

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You guys trust Samsung? I sure don't...it's always been WD or Seagate for me. I recently purchased a Maxtor Basics line drive 500GB SATAII drive with 16MB Cache for $99 on sale, it looks exactly like a Seagate, since Seagate purchased them, I don't see why I shouldn't trust it.
 

flyinmac

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You guys trust Samsung? I sure don't...it's always been WD or Seagate for me. I recently purchased a Maxtor Basics line drive 500GB SATAII drive with 16MB Cache for $99 on sale, it looks exactly like a Seagate, since Seagate purchased them, I don't see why I shouldn't trust it.
I'll second that.

Go with a Seagate or Western Digital.

The only time I installed Samsungs in a clients computer, I was bombarded with calls from the users afraid the machine was frying itself.

They were very noisy when seeking, and the heads made a lots of clicking, grinding, and clacking sounds.

They thought the fans were hitting on something and were wondering why the machine was ticking. When I went and listened to the computers, I was able to identify the source of their complaints as being the hard drive mechanism.

It worked fine, but what a racket. Sounded like something was really wrong.

Last time I went with a Samsung.

Oh, and why did I try it in the first place? My supplier sent the wrong units. I wouldn't have intentionally ordered them for fear of trying to get the warranty honored when needed.