New/Old Mac pro 5,1 Drive setup?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Marty62, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    Having not paid too much notice to the limitations of spinning drives before
    here is what I am about to setup in my new MP 5,1 when it arrives next week.

    I am of course limited to the SATA II 3GB/s unless I go for a SATAIII card?
    ( this is ONLY an option if I can boot from it BTW )

    Boot/System Drive = Samsung 840 EVO 750 gb ( not running @ 6GB/s )

    Audio recording Drive = WD Velociraptor 1TB 10,000rpm

    Data/ Samples Drive = WD Black 2TB 7200rpm/64mb cache

    General scratch Drive = Seagate 3TB 7200rpm/32mb cache

    Does that seem a quality and sensible setup?

    I have never used raid but I keep double backups and so far have not seen the need.

    Apart from the SSD, the other drives will be working as well as they can on the
    SATA II 3GB/s buss.

    Any advice welcome, especially if you are running an audio recording / programming
    system and have input on that usage.

    Thanks, Martin.
  2. CreatePro, Feb 19, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014

    CreatePro macrumors newbie


    Feb 19, 2014
    Hi Martin,

    Unless you need your remaining PCIe slots for other cards, i would recommend placing the SSD on a 6Gb/s card, I have had good experience using these cards with the 840 EVO drives. You can run up to 3 of these cards if you don't need any of the PCIe slots.

    Hope this Helps.

  3. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
  4. Marty62 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    Thanks guys, will look into those options also.


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