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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm looking for a 4TB drive to back up my media. Can anyone recommend an external device that is fast and capable of Time Machine backups? I dont mind buying an off the shelf product or maybe buying an enclosure/hdd combo.
  2. Hi Everyone, I've finally gone and laid down my hard earned cash on a new MacPro 2 x 2.8GHz with the 8800GT and 4GB Ram which all should hopefully arrive by the end of next week. I've bought the machine with 1 x 320GB HD installed and I already have an existing WD 320 SE Drive and a WD 150GB 10K Raptor HD. The question is, could anyone offer any suggestions on a 500/750GB drive that I could install. I've been considering these: Hitachi Samsung Western Digital Seagate I thought I'd partition the Raptor and install XP Pro on one side and Vista on the other. Raid 0 the two 320GB Drives and use a 500 or 750GB Drive for backing up. Any thoughts would be really appreciated.
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    I'm pretty sure now that this is the way I'll go: Seritek 1/V4 Host Card Raptor 150GB (Primary Drive) WD Caviar WD3200KS (Secondary Drive) But.... On which drive should I put the following: OS 10.3.9 Games (COD UO & Ghost Recon) iTunes + media iPhoto + media Toast 7 & DVD media?
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    Spod thats great advice - thank you very much. Just out of interest would you choose the Western Digital SE16 WD3200KS or the Hitachi T7K250 as a secondary drive?
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    Hi Spod, I'm pretty sure my Mac has 64 bit slots. I checked the Apple site for my machine and it states as follows: Processing and memory 1GHz, dual 1.25GHz, or dual 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 processors Velocity Engine vector processing unit Full 128-bit internal memory data paths Powerful floating-point unit supporting single-cycle, double-precision calculations Data stream prefetching operations supporting four simultaneous 32-bit data streams 256K on-chip L2 cache running at processor speed Up to 2MB DDR SRAM L3 cache per processor with up to 4-GBps throughput Up to 167MHz system bus supporting over 1.3-GBps data throughput 256MB or 512MB of PC2100 (266MHz) or PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SDRAM main memory supporting up to 2.7-GBps throughput Four DIMM slots supporting up to 2GB of DDR SDRAM using one of the following4: —256MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 128- or 256-Mbit) —512MB DIMMs (64-bit-wide, 256-Mbit) Storage and expansion Four 3.5-inch hard drive expansion bays —One 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/100 drive preinstalled in standard configurations: 60GB, 80GB, or 120GB5 —Support for up to four internal ATA drives (two Ultra ATA/100 and two Ultra ATA/66) —Support for up to four internal SCSI drives (requires third-party solution not offered by Apple) —Support for a combination of internal ATA and SCSI drives (total of four) One of the following optical drives: —SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW); writes DVD-R discs at 4x speed, reads DVDs at 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at 16x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 8x speed, reads CDs at 32x speed —Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW); reads DVDs at 12x speed, writes CD-R discs at 32x speed, writes CD-RW discs at 10x speed, reads CDs at 32x speed —Optional Combo drive in second optical drive bay Four open full-length 64-bit, 33MHz PCI slots One AGP 4X slot with graphics card installed Are you suggesting that the speed difference between a 32 & 64 bit card is negligable with say just 1 Raptor 150GB drive? Do you think that if at a later date I wanted to go RAID 0 with a pair of Raptors I'd be better off with a 64 bit card? On the subject of the Raptor 150GB HD's , I've noticed that theres 2 models: WD1500AHFD (Raptor X) WD1500ADFD (Enterprise) Does anyone know: 1. What the difference is between the two? 2. Which would be better from a gaming point of view? Thanks again!
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    Thank you for your helpful advice. Having furthered my research I think I'd better come at this from another angle. As I like to game quite a lot, I think speed for FPS style games should be the main criteria and because I don’t intend to be moving huge files between the drives, I’ve come up with a few possible installation options. 1. Sata Host Cards SeriTek/1S2 (2 internal ports - 32bit card) or SeriTek/1V4 (4 internal ports - 64bit card) 2. Sata Hard Drives Raptor X - WD1500AHFD (Primary Drive = Boot Drive) Hitachi T7K250 (Secondary Drive = Storage) or Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS (Secondary Drive = Storage) A few questions remain though. Given the HD's I'm thinking of, do you think: 1. I'd see a speed difference between the 32 & 64 bit cards and do you think its worth paying the extra money and getting the 64 bit card? 2. Keeping the original Seagate Barracuda ATA V 80024, Ultra ATA/100 connected for emergency would affect the performance of the other drives? 3. Does this seem like a good approach? BTW I have a LaCie 250GB External HD connected to my FW800 port. Advice and suggestions welcome Many thanks again!
  7. I'll start by apologising now as I'm a bit of a noobie when it comes to HD's so please bare with me! I have a PowerMac G4 Dual 1.25GHz FW800 and my 80gb HD is almost at capacity so I thought I'd replace the drive with 2 internal sata2's. I need my primary drive (Bootable) to be fast as I like a bit gaming! My secondary drive will be for media storage. I have a LaCie 250GB external drive for essential backups. I realise I need a PCI host sata controller so I'm considering: (TCS2-0) I'm struggling to find away to run sata2 with these cards as they all seem to comply with sata1. Anyone know of away around this? The HD's I'm considering are: (320mb) c4f0a0/ (250mb) (320mb) Maybe even the new Hitachi when it arrives this summer! There's some other areas that I not too sure about and need some advice on. Do I need to consider a card that is 64 bit compliant? Do the Seriteks support NCQ or SSC? Is it possible to run a sat2 hard drive on a sata1 pci card? I know I've asked alot but if anyone can find the time to help I'd be really grateful. PowerMac G4 Dual 1.25GHz FW800 Â Mac OS X (10.3.9) Â 1.25Gb Ram + ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb Graphics Card