Mac Pro RAID Card

Mac Pro RAID Card

£584.00

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 4 reviews

Discontinued

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Product Information

  • The Mac Pro RAID Card offers improved storage performance and data protection to your Mac Pro system — up to 553MB/s of sequential read performance in RAID 0. Ideal for video and creative professionals with demanding storage needs as well as for tower server applications, this hardware RAID option supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 0+1, and Enhanced JBOD. It has 512MB of cache and an integrated 72-hour battery for protecting the RAID cache. The card occupies the top PCI Express slot (slot 4) and connects to the four internal drive bays.

    With the Mac Pro RAID Card installed, high-performance 15,000-rpm SAS drives may be used. SAS drives are sold separately and available with the Promise 450GB SAS Drive for Mac Pro.

    The Mac Pro RAID Card supports the creation of multiple RAID sets in a system and multiple volumes per RAID set. For optimal disk utilization in a RAID set, all hard drives should be the same size. Using Apple's RAID Utility software (included with Mac OS X v10.5), you can migrate the drives into a RAID set without reinstalling Mac OS X or reformatting the drives, and you can customize your RAID volumes to meet your exact requirements.

    To enable your Mac Pro for hardware RAID, install the Mac Pro RAID Card and two or more hard drives in bays 1 through 4. Each RAID level has minimum requirements for the number of hard drives:

    RAID Level <> Drive Requirements <> Benefit

    • Enhanced JBOD <> One to four drives <> A non-RAID configuration with the ability to migrate to a RAID set at any time
    • RAID 0 (striping) <> Two to four hard drives <> Maximum performance and capacity for the most demanding I/O requirements
    • RAID 1 (mirroring) <> Two hard drives <> Maximum protection for critical data
    • RAID 5 <> Three or four hard drives <> Data protection, high performance, and efficient capacity utilization
    • RAID 0+1 <> Four hard drives <> A mirror of striped drive pairs providing performance and data protection

    Requires Mac Pro (early 2009), Mac Pro (mid 2010) or Mac Pro (mid 2012) and Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later.

  • System Requirements

    • Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later
    • Apple RAID Utility software

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Perfect If.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    This card works perfectly if you buy the drives to use with it from Apple - (Apple purchased drives have modified firmware.)

    This card works perfectly if you buy the drives to use with it from Apple - (Apple purchased drives have modified firmware.)

    No other drives, of any make or kind are are supported by Apple nor are they guaranteed to work consistently, if at all, with this card.

    The main problem that I found, was that Apple do not state anything about drive compatibility on the Apple Store page. I wasted three weeks getting involved in an awful lot of unnecessary returning and re-ordering.

    All in all a very expensive product, when forced to buy 4x 2TB drives from Apple.

    • Written by from LONDON

    31 of 36 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Perfect If.
  • fast but beware the onboard battery dies

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    The RAID was installed and manages the drives perfectly BUT after it is in operation the firmware on board forces the battery to b The RAID was installed and manages the drives perfectly BUT after it is in operation the firmware on board forces the battery to be re-conditioned by discharging the battery completely and then recharge to full capacity. this happens about every 6 months.

    Be warned once the refresh cycle has finished the battery is dead and cant be recharged again. This has happened to me twice now and although i have received a free replacement battery its not a simple task to change and i now worry in 3 months it will happen again and this time will be out of warranty terms

    • Written by from GOOLE

    20 of 20 people found this useful

    Was this useful? fast but beware the onboard battery dies
  • Didn't support 3TB disks

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    We tried using it with 3TB disks, but the RAID card only sees them at 2.2TB...as such we ended up taking it out.

    It would be ni We tried using it with 3TB disks, but the RAID card only sees them at 2.2TB...as such we ended up taking it out.

    It would be nice to have known this limitation at the point of purchase.

    • Written by from Clearwater

    19 of 21 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Didn't support 3TB disks
  • Didn't support 3TB disks

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    We tried using it with 3TB disks, but the RAID card only sees them at 2.2TB...as such we ended up taking it out.

    It would be ni We tried using it with 3TB disks, but the RAID card only sees them at 2.2TB...as such we ended up taking it out.

    It would be nice to have known this limitation at the point of purchase.

    • Written by from Clearwater

    19 of 21 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Didn't support 3TB disks
  • fast but beware the onboard battery dies

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    The RAID was installed and manages the drives perfectly BUT after it is in operation the firmware on board forces the battery to b The RAID was installed and manages the drives perfectly BUT after it is in operation the firmware on board forces the battery to be re-conditioned by discharging the battery completely and then recharge to full capacity. this happens about every 6 months.

    Be warned once the refresh cycle has finished the battery is dead and cant be recharged again. This has happened to me twice now and although i have received a free replacement battery its not a simple task to change and i now worry in 3 months it will happen again and this time will be out of warranty terms

    • Written by from GOOLE

    20 of 20 people found this useful

    Was this useful? fast but beware the onboard battery dies
  • Highly recommended

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have used this card for over a year and it does exactly what it says it does. It's good that you can choose from many different I have used this card for over a year and it does exactly what it says it does. It's good that you can choose from many different SATA or SAS hard drives that are optimised for RAID use. I used 4x15000 RPM Hitachi SAS drives (HUS156060VLS600) in RAID 5 mode and the performance was stunning. The backup battery performs conditioning operations once every three months so you just need to leave your Mac running during this.

    It's a bit pricier than some other RAID cards but it's aimed at the pro market and is a high quality product.

    • Written by from Warminster

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Highly recommended

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