some hard drive help please?

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  1. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

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    I need to get more disk space in my Mac Pro for my ever-growing Pro Tools sample library. Obviously since I'll be accessing and streaming large samples, performance is a priority. I'm leaning towards the Caviar Black 1tb. Is there any difference at all in performance when it comes to the size of a drive? Is the 1.5 or 2tb faster or have any advantages/disadvantages besides storage capacity?

    Any other drives I should be looking at??

    Is there really THAT big of a difference between the Black and Blue drives or the purpose I'll be using it for?

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There are two primary factors when considering performance of HDDs: rotation speed and density. A 2TB 7200 rpm drive will generally be faster than a 500MB 7200 rpm drive, due to higher density. Of course, you should compare specs of any two drives, as performance can vary. Drive noise can also be a consideration.
     
  3. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    Booting of a OCZ Vertex 3 240GB drive and use 3 1TB WD caviar blacks to create a 3TB scary raid (raid 0)

    My aperture library, final cut project and so on that raid. works great and is snappy.
     
  4. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    You are the target customer of the caviar blacks. How much space are you looking for and how many drive bays are you looking to fill?
     
  5. itsjustmeee, Jul 14, 2012
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    itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I use 2 of the 4 bays for samples. Right now I have two 500 gig drives filled up and I'm getting another program next week that is 300 + gigs of samples and comes shipped on a Caviar Blue. I do realize that I have to weigh performance with drive noise. This is a home studio and my Mac Pro is about 15 feet away from me. That is why I was initially leaning towards the 1tb Black but if a larger drive actually performs better, a tb blue might be a better all around choice. Either way, I'll be replacing both of my older 500 gig drives with 2 of what ever I choose, so once again noise might be a factor since there will be 2 of them constantly working.

    Update. I believe that the Blue is not available in 2tb .... only 1tb and 3tb.
     
  6. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    If you need speed raid 3 drives. 3x1TB makes a fast 3TB drive then get a extra 3TB drive to backup to. for daily backups.
     
  7. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    This is exactly what I'd suggest.

    You essentially get RAID 10 and that's always been my personal preference.
     
  8. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    i do have to manually sync stuff up. but that does not bother me. as part of my workflow i will duplicate my work manually besides the automatic backups.

    And getting something like a icy dock is super :) getting great speeds.

    http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=33
     
  9. itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I'll go with the Caviar Black 1.5TB. I've read in various forums that the 64 MB version is actually a louder drive than the 32 but it looks like they've stopped making the 32 MB cache version. Has anyone here experienced that?
     
  10. xgman macrumors 601

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    Velociraptor 1TB. Bit pricey, but no where near ssd. Very fast... (fits rails)
     
  11. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    what are you looking for speed or sound? if you want it silent get some green drives. if you need speed get the blacks.

    Going for something slower is kinda contradicting to what you want to do..
     
  12. itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I ended up getting two 1.5 gig black caviar 64 drives. For the application I'm using it for, it seemed to be the best choice (other than biting the bullet and going for an ssd.)
     
  13. BenClement1978 macrumors member

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    well depending on for big your projects are. raw uncompressed video is quite big so that is why i did not go the ssd route.
     

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