MacPro and Raptor

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tamerlane57, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. tamerlane57 macrumors newbie

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    Will be receiving a MacPro 8 core tomorrow. It has one hard drive, 7200. This is my first Mac and I'll be using it for video editing with FCP. Thinking of getting the WD VelociRaptor 300 GB SATA Hard Drive, 10,000 RPM. Will the Raptor be ok for the MacPro? i.e., it won't run too hot to cause problems? I was thinking of using the Raptor to put the video on; however, I was wondering if I should use it for my main hard drive instead? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    I don't really get all of these "is this drive good for mac pro"-threads.

    It's a fricking hard drive in a computer, man.
    It's like asking what DVD-player works best with your TV.
     
  3. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    You'd want the WD3000HLFS, if you want to install them in the drive bays. ;) If you only want to install it in the optical bay, you can also use the WD3000GLFS. (The only difference is the heatsink changed to allow the connectors to mate up with the backplane connector in the HDD bay). Since WD sells the drive without the heat sink, it's not actually needed. But it does make it much easier to mount in various locations/drive adapters.

    They work well, and don't run hot. Mine hasn't, even when relocated to a spot with almost no airflow. Still holds at 31-33C, and was previously in high airflow and ran at 29C. Not much difference, so there's no need to worry. :D
     
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  6. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    I agree! But aren't SSDs $1,300 for 265GB while Raptors are $230 for 300GB?

    I guess price is still a consideration when shopping - for anything really. :)
     
  7. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Yep, and you can get a 7200RPM 1TB drive for ~$90. It's all about how much you are willing to pay for an "x"% increase in performance.

    Exactly! :)

    And to the OP--yes, the Velociraptor (as has been said, make sure you get the -HLFS version) works great in the MacPro. I'm using one as my boot/app drive, and it's performing flawlessly so far.
     
  8. FSBW21086 macrumors member

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    2nd!
     
  9. ZaoPetra macrumors newbie

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    Thumbs up to the VR 300's

    I use the Velociraptor for the programs drive and a 2nd and 3rd 1TB WD's for the FCS scratch drives. The whole thing works perfectly.

    I am considering a 2TB Green drive for my 4th slot but I have heard mixed reviews.
     
  10. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Ever thought of using a RAID?

    (Surprised that nano and Tess haven't mentionned that possibility! haha )

    Loa
     
  11. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I'm running 3 x Velociraptor for my data. Performance is excellent! :)

    Average write speed across the volume: 299MB/sec
    Average read speed across the volume: 298MB/sec

    Chunk Size Write MB/sec Read MB/sec
    256K 209 261
    512K 292 324
    1MB 331 332
    2MB 343 325
    4MB 348 331
    8MB 348 334
    16MB 349 338
    32MB 353 338
    64MB 357 345
    128MB 331 346
    256MB 353 343
     
  12. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Well, besides Boneoh having the lowest VL 3D RAID scores I've seen in a long time I think a fast 300GB VR is so close to the same speed as a single SSD or a 2-Drive 7200 RAID it's barely measurable. From that point it may not be worth the extra money to change that out for a 3D RAID.
     

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