Which harddrives for Mid-2010 model are the best?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by drknickel, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. drknickel macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2014
    Hello everyone,

    i use a mid 2010 Macbook pro with a 1TB drive and an external backup drive.

    I mostly edit video on the machine.

    Now i want to add more harddrive space. as far as i understand, i can add 3 more drives according to this link:


    The drives need to have this specifications:
    Type: SATA 3 Gbps
    Width: 3.9 inches (102 mm)
    Depth: 5.7 inches (147 mm)
    Height: 1.0 inch

    What is the maximum size of drives i can add? Apple says 2Tb, can i add more?

    Are there any drives that you can recommend me?

    Thank you very much for your help,

    Greets :)
  2. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    You can add any model or brand of SATA II (3Gbs) or SATA III (6Gbs) 3.5" HDDs.

    Because the MP only expects SATA II drives, if you use a SATA III drive it will just fall back to SATA II mode and will work at SATA II speeds. To be honest, most folk just buy SATA III since that is what most shops sell and use them.

    As for capacity, I can't advise from personal experience as I only ever needed the 1Tb Caviar Black drive that my 2010 shipped with. Have a search of the forum to see what folks are using. If in doubt, buy from a shop with a robust returns policy.

    Just talking about the WD Caviar drives, something to think about is what you want the drives for. Caviar Black is the fast, hot and noisy model for folks who want good access speed whereas the Caviar Green is the quiet, slow, low power version suitable for storage and Time Machine. Caviar Blue is in between and Red I think is aimed at the "always on" server market.
  3. drknickel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2014
    Wow, thank you so much! What a fast and great answer :)

    So i could add 3 of these:
    Western Digital WD40EZRX Caviar Green 4TB (8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll), 64MB Cache, SATA III)
    and get 12 TB of storage?

  4. unibility macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    Before I upgraded to the late 2013 Mac Pro i had the 2010 Mac Pro. And when speaking to technical support, Apple Care said each bay can support up to a maximum of 8TB. Currently I believe there is a 6TB out there by WD I think but it's costly.
  5. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    I would stay away from the "eco" hard drives--they're more likely to fail earlier (possible on account of constantly trying to stop and start spinning the disk to avoid power usage.)
  6. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Just check the warranties - some of the better firms have good warranties. Also have a robust backup procedure.
  7. drknickel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2014
    Thanks for the infos :)

    So these beast should work, too:

    WD RED WD60EFRX 6TB (8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll), 64MB Cache, SATA)

    That would be awesome!

  8. Thomaspin macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2013
    Silicon Valley, CA

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