Please help me spec out the harddrive/backup solution for my Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thetoness, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. thetoness macrumors member

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    Hi am ready to pull the trigger and order a 3ghz with 2gb ram and stock 320gb hard drive which I would use for Photoshop/lightroom and some game play.
    I will upgrade to 16gb of ram (8x2) but I am not sure what hard drive configuration would be best for me. I would probably use the 320gb apple hard drive for boot camp. What other drives would you suggest? Should I get a raptor or barracuda for my boot drive. What other drives should I also have particularly for my photos. Not sure if RAID is necessary but I will like to hear your advice on that also. As for a backup solution, I have been reading about Drobo and it seems like a perfect solution to attach to my AEBS but as you know AEBS wont permit NAS. Hopefully this will be rectified with the a new firmware revision when Time capsule is released. Barring that, what backup solution would you recommend? I am relatively new to the world of Macs, although I do own a 20" iMac.
    Thanks for your help
     
  2. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, I'm not really sure the raptor is the fastest drive around anymore, despite its 10K RPM spindle speeds.

    It probably wins out in random-read, small-file situations, but other than that newer, bigger drives seem to win.

    The Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB drive seems to be the fastest in most instances, checking here http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html

    Basically you get speed and size in one.
     

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