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Charles Jones
SATA drives
on Feb 12, 2010 at 2:50:41 pm

can anyone recommend the best, tried and true, SATA drives? I have the Mac Pro 2 x 2.26 Quad Core (2009) I want to stripe three drives internally - I need to maximize performance capabilities and need reliable media. I'm using G-Tech FW drives for both desktop and mobile setup. Really need a performance boost - lot's of multicam projects in HD - G Tech is great and reliable, but FW on the desktop just isn't cutting it anymore.

I checked the write ups on the Hitachi, Seagate and WD SATA drives- and they seem to have lots of problems - anyone have positive results/feedback with their setup?

Thanks

CJ,
MOTU UltraLite, MOTU 2408mk3 FCP3 Studio, MOTU AudioDesk, EX1 and EX3,Letus Elite, Zeiss primes, Mac Pro 8core, 2.26G, 15" MBP 3.06G


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Pasi Koivisto
Re: SATA drives
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:40:30 am

I would have a look at barefeats.com, they do a lot of benchmark tests.

Having said that, maybe it's time to have a look at buying a good, big, fast raid. Depending on how many projects you have going this might be the right course of action.




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Charles Jones
Re: SATA drives
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:27:32 pm

Thinks for the link, and to add - that's all I work on is RAID - just want to stripe a few SATA drives, so I'm looking for feedback on experiences with these drives.

Thanks a bunch,
CJ

CJ,
MOTU UltraLite, MOTU 2408mk3 FCP3 Studio, MOTU AudioDesk, EX1 and EX3,Letus Elite, Zeiss primes, Mac Pro 8core, 2.26G, 15" MBP 3.06G


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Micah McDowell
Re: SATA drives
on Feb 15, 2010 at 9:21:13 pm

I think you'll have as many opinions as replies regarding the "best" drives, so you might want to do some Googling for statistics if you want meaningful answers.

My meaningless opinons: I've got a RAID of Seagates at home that work great and I have a Hitachi RAID pair in my work system that work great (and they're 5 years old). I've seen some Maxtors fail, and I've had others that I couldn't kill.

If I was going to go buy new ones tomorrow, I'd probably get the Western Digital Caviar Black series since they seem to have a lot of bang for the buck. I've used them as system drives in a couple machines with good results.


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Greg Barringer
Re: SATA drives
on Feb 16, 2010 at 3:24:54 am

I added Three 1TB WD Black Caviar for my '09 Mac Pro. The work very well


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