Monthly Archives: September 2010
Un-boxing the Apple TV 2
Pictures of un-boxing (e.g. un-packing) the Apple TV 2 for those of you who are interested:
Continued… Continue reading Un-boxing the Apple TV 2
3TB Barracuda XT Seagate drive performance on a Mac Pro
After testing the first version of the Seagate 3TB with xbench on a 12-core Mac Pro, here are the results. It should be noted that this is the first version of the 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT and that the widely available versions due out soon(?) will likely have improved performance characteristics.
Four 2TB Seagate Barracudas on RAID Card, RAID 5:
3TB Seagate Barracuda on RAID Card (single disk, not RAID 5):
3TB Seagate Barracuda Drive not on RAID Card:
1TB Western Digitial Black not on RAID:
3TB Internal Drive on Mac Pro
Screen shots of the 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT on the Apple Mac Pro without a RAID Card.
As you can see without a RAID Card the Mac Pro can make use of 3TB internal hard disks without problem.
Here is the drive used:
Disk Utility screen Continue reading 3TB Internal Drive on Mac Pro
3TB Drives in a Mac Pro RAID Card
3TB Drives in a Mac Pro RAID Card show up as 2.2 TB in RAID Utility and Disk Utility. Screen Continue reading 3TB Drives in a Mac Pro RAID Card
3TB internal hard disks on the Mac Pro and 3TB drives on the Apple RAID
We’ve been experimenting with the Seagate Barracuda XT 3000GB on various Macintosh configurations. In the past one could take out, for example, four 500 GB drives and replace them with four 1TB, 1.5TB, or 2TB internal drives.
The result for four 2TB drives configured in RAID 5 is a drive that is about 5.23TB with redundancy.
With the release of 3TB internal hard drives, such as the Seagate Barracuda XT above, many Windows PCs can’t make use of more than approximately 2.2TB due to the use of MBR (see 1, 2). Apple on the other hand, has been using the GUID partition table (GPT) for some time (since 10.4.0 in early 2005) so the Mac OS X should be able to make use of larger than 2.2 TB hard drives.
In some respects the tests so far demonstrate this. The results so far:
1. On a 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1 Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 3 GHz, 2 processors, 8 cores) with RAID Card (1.00, M-188.8.131.52), the drives only show up as 2.2 TB.
2. On a 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) without the RAID Card, the drives show up as 3.0 TB.
3. On a 2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1) with RAID Card (2.00, E-184.108.40.206, 0018) the drives show up as 2.2 TB.
4. On a 2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1) without the RAID Card, the drives show up as a full 3.0 TB.
In short, Mac OS X appears to have no difficultly using hard disks that are larger than 2.2TB, except when those drives are connected to an Apple RAID Card. Apple does warn “Do not assume that the block size is always going to be 512 bytes” and does not support SSD with the current RAID card. Apple states that “Solid-state drives are not compatible with the Mac Pro RAID Card in either RAID or Enhanced JBOD mode.” My hypothesis as of now is that Apple did not heed their own warnings on block sizes on the Apple RAID card which is why hard drives attached to the RAID Card seem to be limited to 2.2TB.
Some performance notes on the 3TB Seagate Barracuda’s will follow shortly.