mojorkr

Newbie question about secondary HDD for MacPro

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Hi all!

It's my first time on here so be nice aha! My personal computer is a MacPro 5,1 (2010) and the last time I bought a HDD I don't recall titles such as NAS, Enterprise, etc etc.. for hard drives! The home drive I'm about to install in it is a 2Tb Evo SSD. This will contain mostly the OS and applications. I need to upgrade the secondary HDD (which contains all the music, movies, and other stuff) to something larger as the 4Tb one in there now is almost full. I'm looking at getting an 8Tb HDD which will hopefully last me the next few more years or so, or until it fills up! So my question is, what 'style' of drive should I be getting for the 8Tb HDD?? I've been looking at a few in the mid $200 range but not sure which one is most appropriate in this situation (or which is the best one overall in this price range). I've been looking at the Toshiba X300 or N300, or  HGST Ultrastar He8 or NAS?  (A couple of bad reviews on the Toshiba said it didn't line up with the screws in the Mac tower however...can anyone here confirm this? I thought all fitments were standard across all drives??) I've being steering clear of Seagate after reading a lot of negative reviews. Am I wrong on this? Newegg seems to be good on prices for these at the moment. . Any thoughts??

Here is my secondary question. The home drive in there right now is a 1Tb Evo SSD and I'm not sure what to do with it once the 2Tb goes in. I'm attaching that via an Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 in a PCIe slot. Should I put the 1Tb drive in one of the other empty drive bays, or should I attach it to the secondary SATA slot in the Apricorn? If I went this route it says I would need an extra power cable to power it. What type of cable is this and where would it be plugged into inside the Mac?

Btw, I'll be getting the WD My Book 8Tb external hard drive for my Time Machine backups.

Any input would be MUCH appreciated!

Thank you!!!

 

 

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Check the screw holes on any 8TB and larger drive you're buying-- the last few years as drive capacities have increased, platter counts inside drives have gone up, and the middle set of screw holes in 3.5" drives has disappeared as a result (there's no longer room for them!).

 

Seagate, Toshiba, HGST, WD... all current 8TB drives seem to be fine, I'm not aware of any serious defects floating around. For a desktop I would probably avoid nearline/enterprise drives such as HGST Ultrastar or Seagate Exos/Enterprise Capacity as those are usually tuned for performance, not for low noise.

 

Looks like that Apricorn card is SATA 6Gbps, so ideally you'd use the SATA ports off it it. Power is just an ordinary SATA power cable, I don't remember what kind of power cables are free inside of your MacPro tho so I don't recall what kind of adapters you may need. Honestly if it's just for bulk storage, the SATA 3Gbps ports built-in to the MacPro should be fine, I might consider just using those and not worrying about it.

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Thanks so much for the speedy reply! So basically what you're saying is to avoid any HDD drive specifically listed as NAS/Enterprise/Nearline? Out of the ones listed I guess that would only leave the Toshiba X300...could you recommend a couple other similar 8Tb HDD I could compare it to? From what I've read, it may be the only one of it's type with PMR disks? Apparently this is better than SMR?

Regarding the fitment of the holes in the drive bay, so as long as I don't use the middle screws, the rest should hold it just fine?

Thanks again!

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Seagate Desktop 8TB's are just fine, but honestly I would grab whatever's cheapest.

You shouldn't see too many SMR drives in 8TB aside from the Seagate Archive units, so I wouldn't worry about it-- but again check the spec sheets if you're concerned.

Regarding the fitment of the holes in the drive bay, so as long as I don't use the middle screws, the rest should hold it just fine?

Honestly I don't remember what the MacPro drive sleds use for their mounting screw configuration, but as long as you can get in 4 screws to mount it to the drive tray you should be fine.

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