Will be installing an additional hard drive in a recently purchased G5 (1.8 single). Want to put in another 160 gig (I think). It presently has a 160 gig. I heard somewhere that it's best for OSX to reside on a smaller drive with nothing on it other than apps. What brand drive do you recommend and where are the good prices? I understand that the G5s will only take SATA drives. Is there a need to jump one as a Master and slave as in the older G4 models?
Would anyone know where the best price (Canadian) for the Western Digital Raptor 74 gig can be found? Also, if I were to add this drive to the existing 160 gig, how would I make a Raid Array out of them? I was going to use the 74 gig for the OS and Apps only, and the 160 for files. Is this a proper setup for a raid Array? Would I want to do a hardware or software array (what exactly is the performance difference and penalty?).
Maxtors suck - Seagate is the way to go or even Western Digital (2nd choice). There's a reason why Maxtors are cheap! Go to www.seagate.com to take a look. As for pricing, I usually start with NCIX ( www.ncix.com ), but you could check with guys like MacDoc to see what kind of pricing they can give you. If you want to set up a RAID you should use identical drives (for striping - RAID 0).