Note regarding solid-state drives:
The drive bays on the Mac Pro are SATA2 (3GB/s), which allow a maximum performance of 250MB/s for solid-state drives. However, we stock the new SATA3 (6GB/s) solid-state drives which are capable of 500MB/s. To achieve the full potential of our Samsung SATA3 solid-state drives, we can install them on a PCIe slot which allow the drives to perform at their full speed. We recommend the PCIe SSDs (configuration options below) for the boot drive.
Professionals typically have a PCIe SSD as the boot drive (for the operating system and applications) plus one or two more SSDs/HDs (for data storage).
We can setup RAID arrays with two or four identical drives.
- A stripe RAID combines the speed of two drives for performance. For example, 2x 4TB drives perform at 150MB/s alone, but 250MB/s on stripe RAID. The RAID will display as a single 8TB drive. (Known as RAID 0)
- A mirror RAID automatically copies everything from one drive to the other for backup. For example, if you have 2x 4TB drives and one dies, the data will be retrievable on the 2nd drive. This RAID will display as 4TB drive since the second drive is being occupied as a mirror copy of the first. (Known as RAID 1)