Post your HD arrangement!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ommid, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Ommid macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    My Mac Pro is currently a mess!

    Thinking of a 5 Drive setup

    Drive 1 SSD
    Drive 2 Single Platter 500GB
    Drive 3 and 4 1.5/2TB in Raid if possible
    Drive 5 as a Time Machine :S
  2. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    120GB SSD - Boot/Apps
    640GB WD Black - 70GB Scratch/570GB Working files/Home
    2TB WD Green - Finished work/iTunes

    2TB WD Green external - TM/CCC
    Lots of other externals for finished work backups

    Gonna set up a RAID0 volume to replace the 640GB WD Black soon.
  3. Ommid thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Is it a WD20EARS Green?? If so how do you find it??
  4. sharkymac macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2010
    evil empire
    Bay 1-4: 4xWD 2TB RE4 in RAID 5 with Apple RAID card (for everything)
    Lower Optical drive: WD 2 TB green (for Aperture back-up)
  5. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    2x75GB 10kRPM Raptors (OS X / Bootcamp), 4x1TB WD Green (RAID10), 2x500GB Seagates (RAID-0), 1x1TB WD Green (time machine for seagate RAID), 1x750GB WD (came w/ comp??), 1x400GB WD

    It's all porn. All of it.
  6. DeeEss, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    Just bought a 3.3 6 Core

    Bays 1-4 12TB of Hitachi 3TB Deckstar in Raid0 for Data.
    Optical Bays - 2x OWC 100GB Mercury Pro RE in Raid0 as Boot/App/Scratch/Working

    G-Tech G-Raid 4TB eSata Time Machine for system, email and music
    FW800 Sata Dock autosaving files with Hazel for backup of Work Projects to bare, uncased 1tb Sata Drives (so cheap!). They're labelled and filed away when full.
  7. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Bay 1 - 1TB Boot Drive
    Bay 2 - 320GB Dedicated FCP and Motion scratch disk
    Bay3, Bay4 - 2TB Mirrored RAID for Data Archiving

    1TB WD Time Machine from Boot Drive
    1TB WD Temporary Workspace Drive
    640GB WD iTunes
    2TB Backup for Archiving RAID.
  8. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502a

    Mac Hammer Fan

    Jul 13, 2004
    Bay 1 + 2: 2x 640 GB Western Digital Caviar Blue in Raid 0
    Bay 3: Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB
    Bay 4: Boot disk: OWC SSD 240 GB
  9. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    My typical setup is:

    Bay 1: WD Caviar Black 640GB (boot and apps)
    Bay 2: WD Caviar Black 1TB (data storage)
    Bays 3 and 4: Two Seagate 7200.11 1TB in RAID-0 (video/photo scratch and renders)

    But I also swap drives around frequently depending on my current project.
  10. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    1: Boot & Apps - 160GB Intel SSD
    2: Virtual Machines - 300GB WD Velociraptor
    3: Scratch - 1TB 7200RPM
    4: iTunes - 1TB WD Green

    External WHS: 13.5TB and growing far too fast.
  11. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    bay 1: 1tb samsung f3
    osx system (+some (duplicate of documents) backup files)

    bay 2 1.5tb samsung f2 (ecogreen)
    working/user files (documents/music/videos/downloads etc)

    bay 3: wd 640gb
    windows 7 drive

    1tb working files (to shuttle to my macbook pro)
    320gb movies to play on the big screen upstairs (via bluray player, which reads usb drives and ntfs)

    thinking I need to set up some large disk external backups soon, just haven't gotten to buying it yet...
  12. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    1TB 5200RPM WD Scorpio Blue (MBP Internal)
    2TB (7200RPM?) Dual band Time Capsule
    1TB LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Bus Powered HDD for backups

    pretty simple setup really, 350GB music on my notebook HD, TV Shows, Movies, Journals, Applications/System Software on my Time Capsule (via Ethernet) and use the portable USB 3.0 HD for backups (shock resistant up to 2 meters i think)
  13. AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    I'm using one for my Time Machine drive, it's dead silent, decently quick and hasn't made me think about it until you mentioned it. Good drive.

    Bay 1 150gb Velociraptor- OSX/XP & Apps
    Bay 2 1TB Caviar Black- In Process Video and itunes/photo
    Bay 3 1TB Caviar Green- Finished storage
    Bay 4 2TB Caviar Green- Time Machine
  14. Garamond, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    Garamond macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2004
    1: 2 TB, System/Apps/Music
    2: 2 TB, Backup of no. 1
    3: 2 TB, Photo/Video Archive
    4: 2 TB, Backup of no. 3
    5 (lower): 2 TB, Misc. Archive
  15. nerdo macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2010
    Crucial 256SSD boot
    3X 3TB Caviar green, one month old and already filling up fast.. bleah.

    24 X 2TB Caviar green in 3 QNAP 809's, 5X 2TB WD Caviar black in 509 and for fun a Qnap 439 with 4X 1 TB. Mix of 20X WD/ Seagate 2TB and 1TB drives drives either SATA housing, My Book Studio or plain for use in sharkoon SATA thingy. Actually gave away 16X 500GB drives, could not be bothered to try and sell them. Tapeless video workflow is a b:eek:thc.

    QNAPs are all RAID 6 or 5 depending on model, two are iSCSI, one just LAN JBOD single disks: worst part: never used any backup software for proper indexing but do remember where I put most stuff :D
  16. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    1: 120SSD OSX Boot/Apps
    2: 120SSD Win7 Bootcamp
    3: 1TB OSX Data
    4: Empty

    Ext: 2TB Time Machine
  17. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Lower - WD Caviar Black 2TB - Boot Disk (OS X only)
    Bay 1 - WD Caviar Black 2TB - Images (original, modified, finished, client)
    Bay 2 - WD Caviar Black 2TB - Originals (photography backup, TV saves)
    Bay 3 - WD Caviar Black 1TB - Media (TV programs, movies, video clips)
    Bay 4 - WD Caviar Black 1TB - Download (everything off camera memory cards)

    Backup - Boot Disk to Time Machine 2TB, all others to external Seagate disks.
  18. MRiOS macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    OSX Boot + Apps: 40GB Intel SSD
    Time Machine: 500GB WD Scorpio Blue
    (TM only backs up SSD and User folder)

    Bay 1: 1TB Seagate 7200.11
    (User Folder + 300GB part. BootCamp)

    Bay 2: 2TB WD Caviar Green [WD20EARS]
    (Movies and TV shows)

    Bay 3: 2TB WD Caviar Green [WD20EARS]
    (Backup of Bay 2 + Temp Ripping storage)

    Bay 4: Empty - For better airflow to/from Radeon 5770
    (also empty because I want to stick another 2-3TB drive in there when I need it)

    Ministack V3: 1TB WD Caviar Black (Offsite Backup solution)
    WD MyBook: 500GB (clones of Boot drive [bootable] and User Folder)
  19. NoManIsland macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2010
    My layout is in flux right now as I am buying new upgrades, but this is what it will become in a little time:

    Lower Optical Bay:
    120GB OWC SSD (OS, Apps)
    240GB OWC SSD (Vienna Symphonic MIDI Library)

    Internal HDD Bays:
    4 x 2TB WD Caviar Blacks in software RAID 10 (Data, Projects, Media)

    External 4 Bay Device:
    2 x 1TB Seagate HDDs, 1x2TB WD Caviar Green in concatenated JBOD (TM)
  20. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Bay 1&2: 2 WD 640 blacks raid 0
    Bay 3: 1.5 TB Seagate for media backup
    Bay 4: Stock 320GB used for bootcamp

    External OWC E-sata: Bay 1: 1TB for time machine, split evenly between MBP and MP
    Bay 2: 500 GB for very important documents.

    Need to change things around. Just bought a drobo and was going to offset backups to that. Then separate out my TM backups externally so if one drive fails I don't lose both TM backups.

    Can't wait for cheaper 2TB HDs.
  21. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Someone REALLY likes Caviar Blacks!
  22. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2007
    Many HD's... But a Question...

    Bay 1: OWC SSD 120 GB: Boot & Apps
    Bay 2: 1.5 TB: FCS & CS5 Assets, Stock Footage
    Bay 3 & 4: 2-750 GB's in RAID 0

    2 - 1.5 TB eSATA Externals using NewerTech SATA Extender cable
    6 - 1 TB/1.5 TB FW800 Externals
    1 - Airport Extreme USB2 750 GB Shared HD

    All Seagate HD's on the inside and OWC Quad Enclosures on the outside.

    My question is since I'm using the two SATA ports on the motherboard with the eSATA Extender cables, would I need one of those ports to mount a SSD in my MAc Pro 1.1's lower optical bay? I have a PCI slot open so I might pop in one of the new NewerTech eSATA cards so I might not miss losing one.
  23. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    - Internal via Apple RAID Card
    Bay 1 - 640GB 7200rpm - OSX and Apps (Adobe Production CS5)
    Bay 2\
    Bay 3 - 3x 1TB 7200rpm in RAID 0 - Video/audio assets, scratch, exports, etc.
    Bay 4/
    - External via eSATA 6G PCI card
    1TB LaCie - Clone of OS drive in Bay 1
    2TB LaCie - Backup of entire 3-drive RAID of video assets.

    Soon to be upgraded to:
    - Internal w/ Areca 1880ix-12 or 16
    Bay 1 - 640GB - OSX and Apps (no change)
    Bay 2 - 1TB - Renders
    Bay 3 - 1TB - Preview files, scratch
    Bay 4 - 1TB - Backup / clone of OS
    - External via Areca RAID 3
    4x2TB RAID 3 of all video/audio assets
    - External via eSATA
    1TB Clone of OS
    2TB Backup of video assets
  24. Johnf1285 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    Bay 1 - 150GB Velociraptor - OSX/Apps
    Bay 2 - 1TB Caviar Black - Media (mostly lossless audio :D)
    Bay 3 - 2TB Caviar Green - Time Machine
    Bay 4 - Empty

    I've been debating leaving Time Machine internally or externally.....
  25. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    My reasoning for external clone of OS and video assets is that in case of disaster (fire, lightning strike, whatever) I can grab the drives and leave, then restore the os and projects on a new computer if needed. The externals only come on at the end of the night when I back everything up. Otherwise, they're off.

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