Maximum Mac Pro (2006) Hard Drive Capacity??

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  1. charlestrippy macrumors 6502

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    So, I have a 2006 model MacPro. Currently, I have (3) 500GB hard drives and (1) 750GB hard drive.

    I would like to possible add a 2TB or at least 1.5TB internal hard drive to it (I have so much clutter with my external drives already)

    I called Apple and they said that model only went to 750GB....

    Is there really a limit? It's a SATA drive so I figure it would keep going? has anyone had any luck with larger drives??!

    THANKS :)
     
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    There is no (practical) size limitation. Put in whatever you want.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    3TB is the biggest 3.5" SATA drive that is currently available.
     
  4. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So if I was to get this drive from newegg

    Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    It'll be okay? Or better yet - are there any suggestions that you guys might have for hard drives? WD or Seagate?
     
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    Its reviews aren't too good if you look at NewEgg. Only 3 stars and a lot defective ones.

    Personally, I prefer WD. Caviar Green is 20$ more than the Seagate in NewEgg. If that 20$ isn't an issue, I would go for that.
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    You might want to take a closer look at the egg ratings posted by users. 1x egg has 31%, which is way too high (avg. defect rates of recent drives is ~ 10 - 13%, which is bad enough). This is more than double the worst case, so I'd recommend you stay away from it. I'm no fan of Hitachi either since they moved production to China (Malaysian made units are fine, but these are older units no longer available AFAIK in terms of the DeskStar series, which is the consumer line).

    Of recent drives, I've had the best luck with Western Digital (BTW, even the consumer units have enterprise rated platters at 1E15 Bit Error Rates, when other consumer models are 1E14; so it's an order of magnitude improvement).
     
  7. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this the one you were talking about here: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    I'm so nervous that my MacPro wont "play nice" with that size of drive - i'm not sure why it wouldn't though?

    If I get it, the MacPro doesn't register the drive's 2TB space - does newegg allow returns on drives?

    Thank you guys for the help!
     
  8. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Don't worry, it will address the full capacity. This is 100% confirmed. There are a lot of users with 2TB drives in the 2006 Mac Pro.
    Reports for 3TB drives are still missing, mainly because such drives haven't been available till recently. There is no single reason why these drives won't work, though.
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    newegg will take a return, but the drive will work. you won't need to return it.
     
  10. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks! you guys are a huge help!
     
  11. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    appreciate the help!
     
  12. shelovesMAC macrumors member

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    Ahhh it's the real Charles Trippy! CTFxC love

    And yep, it will work :)
     
  13. toxic macrumors 68000

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    I believe it says 750GB in the specs because that was the largest capacity available at the time...same way the '10 models say the max size is 2TB.
     
  14. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a

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    Haha wow I didn't believe you were the real Charles Trippy until I read your Twitter. Anyway I'm glad you figured it out, CTFxC FTW!!!:apple:
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I've been using 5 of those drives for over a year each running 24/7 and they are still going strong. *knock on wood*

    But they are a bit slow, but otherwise very quiet and runs cool. I use them in an external enclosure.
     

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