Upgraded HDs

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by itsallinurhead, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502

    itsallinurhead

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    What hds are you guys using as your main system drives? I just got an octo-2.8 and I feel like the stock 320gb hd is slightly lacking. Suggestions? Should I just call it quits and buy a raptor?
     
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    yeap get the 150gb raptor with the metal casing dont get the raptor X with the glass on top because its mtbf is twice as short, it runs louder, more expensive (maybe same price now a days), runs a bit slower.
     
  3. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

    itsallinurhead

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    sorry, but what is mtbf. I have seen that term used quite a bit recently and I have NO idea what it is. :eek:
     
  4. mistuk macrumors member

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    MTBF - Mean Time Between Failures - ie the average time between failures of a system / component.

    HTH

    Kev
     
  5. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I am stuck. I am about to make an order from OWC. 4gb more ram, or a 150gb raptor? I am leaning towards the ram. I currently have 2gb.
     
  6. mistuk macrumors member

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    What will you be using your system for? I've just ordered a Mac Pro and I went for 4Gb extra RAM - from OWC - (there are some that will say this will not give me optimal performance - but I'm not interested in millisecond improvements here and there) - extra RAM WILL be noticeable with most heavy-duty applications.

    In terms of hard disks - I've ordered 2 x 750Gb Samsung F1s - I'll be using the stock 320Gb for WinXP and backups (2 partitions).

    Do you REALLY need the extra speed that the Raptors will provide?

    On the Mac side I do a lot of photo work (Aperture & Photoshop), Music (Logic Studio 8), and a bit of video (FCE 4).

    Regards,

    Kev
     
  7. ralfi80 macrumors newbie

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    you can improve both. instead of 4gb OR a raptor take 2 x 1 gb sticks from ebay (many people sell their original ram) AND buy a WD 640 GB, a Seagate 7200.11 or something like that as your system disk.

    so you have 4 gb memory and the advantage of 4 channel access to the memory AND you have a faster system disc and you can take the original drive for time machine backup...
     
  8. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is the Seagate 7200.11 that much faster than the system disk?
     

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