Originally Posted by DaveFi
My WD SATA drive came from Fry's and I'll be getting my Mac controller card in a few days. When I hook the drive up, should I set it to 1.5 mode, because the controller maxes out at 1.5Gbps max, or should I just leave the drive set @ 3.0 even though the PCI controller card is 1.5?
Oh, also, after I install the big SATA drive, should I install OS X on it and boot off it?
As for 1.5 vs 3.0, I think you'll just need to try it out.
But, probably not any real advantage to boot off your SATA drive (if you even can, as many cards are not bootable--check Xlr8yourmac
's for more info), and it's best practice to have a separate capture drive from your boot drive. Though if you can boot off it, might be good to setup a small partition for a 'emergency' drive.
Now another way would be to clone one of the 60 Gigs, to the other, and run a RAID1
as a boot drive for some speed and redundancy, then use the other drive cage for your extra SATA drive(s). According to the specs
you have support for 4-total internal drives.
With my MDD I also had 4 drive spaces, and quickly populated them, and with three ATA busses it was easier. But, now I've put it in a rackmount case
modified by Marathon Computer
(RIP) to fit the MDD. And, I myself just got a SATA RAID
card and will slowly work on putting together a RAID-5 array to hold all my recordings. I'll start with a JBOD group with all my previous drives, that were in a SeriTek
external enclosure, with PCI card, I got at MacWorld. I hope to get a internal array
to house them as the i-Star case has room for two 3x5.25" arrays. But, I'll go with one to start as I need the others for my Superdrive, and maybe Blu-Ray-ROM. Then I"ll need to find a good external firewire case for all my IDEs.