Support for 2 TB HD's?

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  1. MacGeek767 macrumors member

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    Hey, guys! I'm just wondering if the Mac Pro currently available now (6/2009) will support 2 TB hard drives (internally, not externally).

    And not as in two 1 TB HD's, I mean as in this alone (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=576) in the Pro, by itself.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    All hard drives sizes made for the next century would work in a Mac Pro.

    The connectors won't be compatible, but the size can be handled.
     
  3. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    Yup, it'll take as many as those things as will fit in the slots:) even than I think there's ways to get another in in there with a bit of a modification. But if your not into that you could get up to 4 in there for sure, for a total of 8TB of space.
     
  4. MacGeek767 thread starter macrumors member

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    haha cool, thanks for clearing that up!
     
  5. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    You could actually get 12TB in there if you don't want/need both of your optical drives :D.
     
  6. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Plus 2TB (total 14Tb) if you affix it to the top of the memory/CPU cage...
    and move the graphics card to the next slot up. :D
     
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    how do you know this? is there a limit?
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Let's see. HFS+ has a single-file limit of 8 EiB (exbibytes).

    Meaning the maximum current hard drive size is 32,768 yottabytes. :cool:

    At any rate, the ultimate limit is the compression of matter and the interactions that happen at the subatomic level are already coming into play with current CPU technology (yeah, different, but bear with me).

    I haven't seen any roadmap projections smaller than 11nm, because below that the electrons just jump the gates on their own.

    For spinning disk drive sizes, the projected 3.5" limit is around 5TB, and even solid state memory is close (read: a decade or so and a few size multipliers) to reaching its physical limit.

    Eventually we won't be able to make larger capacities AND make things smaller. We'll have hit the ceiling of size (floor?) and will have to take up more physical space for more size.

    I don't see even a SINGLE yottabyte hard drive taking up less than a 10"x10"x10" cube.

    Now, ZFS doubles the single file size, meaning the maximum addressable storage there is 4.29*10^9 yottabytes.

    There isn't even a name for that yet.

    Edit: Hang on, now.

    I'm seeing "maximum volume size" on HFS+ and ZFS as 8 EiB and 16EiB, respectively, so THAT might just be the hard drive size limit.

    In which case, we still won't hit that for a long time.
     

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