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  • Using Mac Pro internal RAID solution

    Posted by Winston A. cely on June 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Hi All,

    I wanted to drop a note that I’ve been using the internal drive slots in my Mac Pro as a RAID solution for multiple drives for over 6 months now. Meaning, I swap out the drives for different projects on a regular basis. I don’t use them for one big permanent RAID solution. Though I have tested “hot swapping” the drives (it worked a few times, and a few it didn’t) I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a viable solution for hot-swapping. Also, the heat created by the machine is enough to make pulling the trays a nightmare if you haven’t let the machine rest (with the panel open) and cool down. However, everything else works perfectly. I’m not savvy on running tests for speed, but I’ve used a variety of SATA Drives and have had not one hang ups; either with SD or HD material. I would recommend this as a temporary solution to anyone with limited funds wanting to upgrade an older system, or create a new one. Notice I mention temporary. This is not how Apple recommends (or I bet many of the pros here recommend) using a new Mac Pro, but it does work and has not created killed my system, yet. *falls over chair to knock on wood*

    Cheers,
    Stone

    Winston A. Cely
    Editor/Owner | Della St. Media, LLC

    “If God could do the tricks we can do, He’d be a happy Man.” – Peter O’Toole – “The Stuntman”

    Mac Pro 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    4 GB RAM | Final Cut Studio 5.1.4 | Aja Kona LHe

    Winston A. cely replied 16 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Alan Okey

    June 13, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    You’re VERY lucky that you didn’t hose your data or your motherboard by hot-swapping your drives. Hot swapping is most definitely NOT supported on the Mac Pro’s internal drives, and doing so could damage your system or your drives and void the warranty.

  • Winston A. cely

    June 13, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Exactly why I don’t do it.

    Winston A. Cely
    Editor/Owner | Della St. Media, LLC

    “If God could do the tricks we can do, He’d be a happy Man.” – Peter O’Toole – “The Stuntman”

    Mac Pro 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    4 GB RAM | Final Cut Studio 5.1.4 | Aja Kona LHe

  • Sean Oneil

    June 14, 2007 at 1:40 am

    [Alan Okey] “You’re VERY lucky that you didn’t hose your data or your motherboard by hot-swapping your drives. Hot swapping is most definitely NOT supported on the Mac Pro’s internal drives, and doing so could damage your system or your drives and void the warranty.

    I agree, don’t do it. It’s not meant to work and you could lose data. But doing so won’t fry your motherboard, and even if it did they’d have no way of knowing what caused it – thus it wouldn’t affect your warranty if you don’t tell them.

  • Winston A. cely

    June 14, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Good point. Though I’m planning on getting an external RAID solution, it would be nice to get sleds for the Mac Pro. Unfortunately, as we all know, Apple doesn’t offer any extras. This company does: https://www.maclife.com/article/pro_sled but according to the reviewer, they aren’t worth it. Hopefully, someone will come out with some that are easier to use…

    Winston A. Cely
    Editor/Owner | Della St. Media, LLC

    “If God could do the tricks we can do, He’d be a happy Man.” – Peter O’Toole – “The Stuntman”

    Mac Pro 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    4 GB RAM | Final Cut Studio 5.1.4 | Aja Kona LHe

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