Mac Pro - add Raptors and RAM order?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kirkbross, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have a Penryn 2 x 2.8 / 500GB / 8800GT on order and I have 6 GB of RAM and two Raptors waiting; one of the latter will become the boot drive.

    Does it matter when I add the drives and RAM -- i.e. should I boot it once stock first and do updates, or just add the RAM and drives from the get go?
  2. aibo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    Southern California
    It doesn't matter. You might consider the possibility that your mac has problems... was it the RAM and drives you added, or was it that way with the stock configuration? If you don't run the stock config at all, you won't know.

    I added my drives and RAM before booting up even once. No problems.
  3. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    Go ahead and put everything in before you boot up.

    Since you're going to be swapping boot drives, you'll need Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper to clone the pre-installed boot disk to the Raptor first.
  4. jaimeflores macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    I have a similar deal going on as the original poster. Two questions though:

    1) Wouldn't it be better to boot up BEFORE putting everything in? I've heard reports of a few of these new Mac Pros being DOA. It may be a rare occurrence, but at least you'd know that it wasn't the Raptor or the RAM.

    2) Why would you need CCC or SuperDuper!? Shouldn't simply swapping out the default drive with the Raptor and then formatting it with the Install Disk suffice?

    I appreciate the help,


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