restrictions in HD installation

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by zoran, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. zoran macrumors 68030

    Jun 30, 2005
    Are there any restrictions on brand or so, in alternative HDs that i can mount on the MacPro HD bays? I mean can i buy any sata HD drive and mount it in any of the three remaining bays?
    Can it be a sata2 HD?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It HAS to be SATA II. Anything SATA II and 3.5" works. Don't buy the Seagate 1.5TB drive. It sucks eggs and the firmware patch doesn't work.
  3. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Yes you can install any SATA/SATA2 drive inside your Mac. If you want to boot OS-X off it, be sure to format and partition it as Apple GUID since you have an Intel Mac.

    I thought you can install a regular 1.5gbps SATA HDD in the MP?
  4. Horst Guest

    Jan 10, 2006
    Afaik, that's correct, I believe one of my drives is a non-II SATA.

    There are a few drives, like some Western Digital Raptor/Velociraptor models, which have the SATA ports in different places and won't fit in the MP's bays, but those are just a few exceptions.
  5. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 30, 2005
    What firmware patch?

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