View Full Version : Recommend me Hard Drives

08-11-2008, 01:56 PM
Would you be so kind to recommend me the minimum amount of HD I should have for a good performance in full orchestra, indicating brand/model, GB, rpm, caché

Thank you!

08-11-2008, 03:20 PM

Whats your budget? How many drives do you want? 4? Are we talking platinum orch?

08-11-2008, 04:14 PM
LMG, I'm looking at the following setup for myself:

INTERNAL Mac Pro (all Seagates)
- (1) 750 GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache for O/S, programs, and misc things
- (1) 1 TB 7200 RPM 16MB cache for Audio and saved projects
- (1) 500 GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache for video
- (1) 500 GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache for future expansion

Then by adding a PCIe card for 4 eSATA (all WD Velociraptors)
- (4) 300 GB velociraptors, to spread PLAY samples over

The 4 Velociraptors will be in a cooled 4-drive enclosure...but I am still searching for ones that the drives will fit into, as I understand that the velociraptors have a slightly thicker profile.

08-11-2008, 04:20 PM
You can have the velociraptors inside your mac pro. MAxxConnect can set you up with the hardware and bridge.

It is a 4-port PCI Express SATA II Controller Card...$149 (not available on their site)

08-11-2008, 04:36 PM
Yes, but I'm concerned with cooling, so I think I'll keep them external.

I also just read somewhere that the velociraptors may not be usable with MAC OSX, but will continue investigating :(

08-11-2008, 05:03 PM
ive been using them for months this way. Internal. The guys at MaxxConnect have them running like this far longer than I have. No problems.

Mister Nice Guy
08-12-2008, 01:50 AM
Hi guys!

I`m looking for an external HD!

I use an Apple Powerbook G4 / 1,5 Ghz / 2 GB Ram / MAC OSX 10.3.9
I`ve got the the EWQLSO Gold Pro XP Edition and SC and many more.

My internal HD just have a size of 80 GB and 5.400 rpm.

Now I wanna buy an external HD for better performances, but which one is the best/fastest?

I thought maybe the "Formac Disk Maxi / 500 GB / 7.200 rpm / 16 MB / Firewire 800" is a
good solution, but I`m nut sure.

Or what do you think about a PCMCIA eSATA Adapter to connect an eSATA HD to my Powerbook.
But I don`t know if I really need all this stuff!?

Thank you so much for help!!!


08-12-2008, 02:03 AM
I'd go 3.5 eSata Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 gb w/ an eSata express card' 34 adaptor.

08-12-2008, 07:45 AM
Well the good news is, that WD just released a Velociraptor enclosure that's Backplane compatible, for Mac's!

08-12-2008, 08:36 AM
ADK has been recommending the vertical SATA 7200 rpm Seagates with 32 megs of cache. With the increased cache, and vertical technology, their performance is fairly close to the Velociraptors for a whole lot less money.

Spinning poo machine
08-12-2008, 05:19 PM
So the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 GB's are good for internal drives? Is that the drive that noldar12 described? My DAW builder (not ADK) is putting four of those into my workstation. Just checking again to be sure I'm not getting the shaft with four pansy drives here. It's just that I remember reading somewhere that Seagate drives were a little behind the pack, or maybe that's outdated now and not true anymore? Are there any benchmarks about this?