Mac Pro w/ SAS drives - XP64 or Vista?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JW1, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. JW1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008

    First time on this forum.

    I'll be getting a Mac Pro with SAS drives. I will need to run XP64 or Vista (at least in the short term) for the specific application I intend to use.


    1. I've heard that it is not possible to install either XP64 or Vista if the SAS RAID card is installed. Is this true?

    2. If so, can I forgo using the RAID card and the SAS drive for the main system hard drive and instead use a SATA drive - and still install SAS drives in the other slots so I can still get the throughput and rotational speed benefits of them? (I don't need to RAID them.)

    Background info:
    This cpu will be a slave to another Mac Pro running OSX (also with SAS drives).

  2. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I hope this answers you questions...
    You can't mix SATA and SAS drives on the Mac Pro. It's one or the other in the internal bays.
    If you run SAS drives you must use the RAID card.
    You can't run Boot Camp if you have a RAID card but you can run Window virtual by using Fusion or Parallels.
  3. JW1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008
    Thanks Scottydawg,

    I guess I'll be asking questions about Fusions & Parallels next.

    I'll spend some time reading up about it first.


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