using HDD from external enclosure in RAID array

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jeeplj8, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. jeeplj8 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I am thinking of buying a couple fo these just for the drives:

    that $32 per TB which is the cheapest I have seen on any HDD. I am sure these are Seagate 5400 5tb drives - though I cannot find a regular desktop model with these specs.

    In other words, not the best HDD.

    My plan is to install several (3) in a tower raid array. I will probably ebay the enclosures if they are worth anything.

    Basic question, are these drives worth the money?
  2. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    I've done this trick before - Costco had 4TB Seagate externals for $30 less than Newegg wanted for the bare drive.

    Due to the high data density, the sequential bandwidth is pretty good even at 5900.

    Three caveats:
    1. There's no warranty on the drive if you remove it from the case
    2. The case is next to impossible to open without damaging the clips - forget about selling them except as damaged property
    3. They are not RAID edition drives
  3. jeeplj8 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2014
    going for a different drive

    I think I will pas son these, the capacity is great for the price but I am concerned about seagate drives in general after reading the reviews on newegg of their bare drives.

    I am using 3 of the Toshiba 3tb drives in my mac pro, I think I will stick with those. I can generally find them right 100 per drive is pretty close per TB.

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