What is the biggest and fastest internal HDD my lowly Mac Pro 2008 can handle?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    I have a 2 x 2.8 Ghz Quad Core 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1)

    I want to put in couple of: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB 7200RPM internal drives in the remaining spare bays

    The specs are:

    HDS723030ALA640, SATA III 6.0Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 64MB Cache, 3 Year Warranty. The Deskstar 7K3000 is Hitachi’s first hard drive to deliver an enormous 3 terabytes of storage capacity and 7200 RPM performance in a standard 3.5inch form factor.

    Q: can these 3TB drives work in my Mac Pro?

    or do I need to get SATA II 3.0GB/s alternatives?
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  3. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Well the size drives are just fine, but may be cheaper to look for SATA II as our Mac Pros can only handle the 3GB/s transfer rate and not the 6GB/s rate of SATA III.

    Whilst most drives are backwards compatible, there are some that have to use jumpers to 'throttle' the speed back.
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Oh no. Not the deathstars! Specs look nice. Hope they worked on their build quality.
  5. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    Thanks guys. I'm hoping its backwards compatible?

    Is there reported problems with the build quality of these, otherwise I could get a Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX. But these are only 2TB and work out more expensive per TB than the Hitatchi

    Advice/suggestions appreciated :D
  6. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    The 7K3000 is fine. Have a bunch here. No issues. Apple sometimes uses Hitachi's as OEM drives even.
  7. prodeveloping macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2011
  8. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    awesome thanks

    thank you for this :D

    guess i'll be ordering a couple on monday unless someone else can suggest a better drive in a similar price range
  9. HawkEye40 macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Lowly 2008 Mac Pro Octo? They're still very capable machines... gl on your HDD purchase
  10. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    LOL, you're right still very capable esp with the Vertex 250GB SSD I have in it. It sounds very out of date "2008". Will wait till next year to possibly "upgrade" if  don't over price it :rolleyes::D
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Needing to get two drives for my '09. Newegg has a pretty kickin' special on 3tb hitachi's, but I've been reading on the reviews about people not being to format them past 801gb. Is this still an issue?
  12. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009

    Got 8 of em here.

    No issues.

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