I'm ready to order after waiting over a year to upgrade my office gear. I'm going for the 1TB flash drive and 16GB ram (2x8, that leaves two slots open).
So here's my question, what's the best way to consolidate 4TB of storage from my MacPro's existing 4 drives, probably totalling 3TB? The drives are all 5+ years old and have had a fair amount of use. I'm thinking the investment in a new Thunderbolt drive (or two) would be the best option rather than an external case to mount the SATA drives. What's the best rated & priced external thunderbolt drive to get?
Also, I see the iMac has no Firewire port ... so I guess I need to transfer stuff off of older storage drives before I sell the MacPro. Is FW considered dead technology (yes, I'm old. Please excuse me).
Yes, the 1TB flash storage and the 4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7.
Realize I also need to purchase an optical drive! duh! I have'nt burned a DVD or CD in over a year but I know I will need to as soon as I don't have it on my desk.
I see now there's a $30 Thunderbolt to FW adapter. Yes, my older backup drives live to see another day.
My concern is more with the age of the SATA drives and my need to access the contents. The Drobo 5D looks to be around $600 and it holds the existing drives, is that right? So I would need to purchase new drives too, but I wouldn't need to do this all at once.
My concern is more with the age of the SATA drives and my need to access the contents.
As long as you have them backed up no hurry to replace I guess. If they aren't backed up externals are cheap. You can get a WD MyBook 4TB USB for around $150.
For now you can use the TB to FW adapter, then save up to get a new model Drobo with all new drives someday. The D5 holds 5 drives, you can run it RAID 5 which will give around 7.5TB of space for 5 2TB drives or 16TB for 5 4TB drives.
Thanks. I think I'll go with the WD MyBook 4TB USB , easiest solution for now since I'm going in deep with the iMac purchase... and I have about $60 of Staples Rewards $$ I need to redeem this month. Going to wrap a few financial loose ends, get the external drive and backup and make the iMac purchase this weekend.
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