The Mac Pro features a cable-free, direct-attach drive solution that lets you install and remove hard drives and solid-state drives with ease. Drives are attached to simple drive carriers that slide neatly into place — no cables or connectors to hassle with. And removing drives is just as easy. This solution is perfect for sharing drives among different workstations at home or in the studio.
In addition to providing up to 8TB of internal storage for your Mac Pro, Serial ATA hard drives deliver fast read and write performance by spinning at a 7200-rpm rotational speed. To ensure that data is transmitted to the system as quickly as possible, each drive has a dedicated 3Gb/s channel. Perfect for film and video, music, and other drive-intensive operations, multiple Serial ATA drives can be set up in either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration using the software RAID feature built into OS X.
Solid-state drives have no moving parts and are capable of accessing data at speeds up to 266MB per second, which is more than twice the average speed of a 7200-rpm hard drive. The result? Incredible performance at a range of data-intensive tasks, including up to 2.5x faster video encoding using solid-state drives compared with hard drives.
Note: 1GB = 1 billion bytes; 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity less.