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Gianluca Mazzarolo
Re: new MacPro - can I use my current MacPro 5,1 as a drive bay for the new one?
on Jan 30, 2020 at 7:26:19 pm

I beg to disagree.

You can totally use your Mac Pro 5.1 as a file server.

There are 4 + 2 possible Sata (2) connections, which are plenty fast for regular harddrives even if you RAID them together (up to 260MB/s per SATA port, with a maximum of ~600MB/s all 6 combined because of BUS limitation).

If your Mac Pro 5.1 is upgraded with good CPUs you can just buy a 10Gb Ethernet card in it, and connect it to the 10GbE of the Mac Pro 7.1.

Otherwise, you could even install 2 x SATA SSDs in one of the PCie slot of the Mac Pro 5.1 on a dual-Sata->Pcie card and achieve about 500-800MB/s with those, and then also in this case connect them with 10GbE.

If you're just waiting for a new drive solution (Thunderbolt 3 or USB-3 / C) then you could just connect to the built-in 1GbE port of the Mac Pro 5.1 and still achieve speeds up to 100-110MB/s which are OK for some proxy workflows.

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