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HenriHelvetica Feb 15th, 2015 10:45 PM

WD Black2 now Mac compatible
 
... so it seems. The WD Black2 was a great drive on paper. They've updated firmware + added some instructions for the install - as complicated a they seem.

Still in the $230+ range.

macintosh doctor Feb 16th, 2015 08:42 AM

Thanks for the links, at least they are offering firmware to make it mac compatible but not for those that are not tech savvy..
I wonder who is to blame for having such complicated steps to make it mac savvy, WD or Apple?

HenriHelvetica Feb 16th, 2015 10:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macintosh doctor (Post 1904426)
I wonder who is to blame for having such complicated steps to make it mac savvy, WD or Apple?

In late 90s, very early 2000s, I might have said Apple - just being counter grain, and forcing h/w manufacturers to bend for little return or reward. Mac users all seen as outliers at the time. In 2015? C'mon now. WD can't make this install smoother? And the jumps through hoops some had to go through pre firmware was even crazier.

I'm actually a little disappointed with this right now. Would have been a much more popular drive w/o all this hop scotch. Almost better off getting 1/2 the volume in SSD for the same price.

IllusionX Feb 16th, 2015 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HenriHelvetica (Post 1904522)
In late 90s, very early 2000s, I might have said Apple - just being counter grain, and forcing h/w manufacturers to bend for little return or reward. Mac users all seen as outliers at the time. In 2015? C'mon now. WD can't make this install smoother? And the jumps through hoops some had to go through pre firmware was even crazier.

I'm actually a little disappointed with this right now. Would have been a much more popular drive w/o all this hop scotch. Almost better off getting 1/2 the volume in SSD for the same price.

Only because SATA spec does not allow using 2 drives in 1 SATA port. So a work around must be done. If it was a true hybrid drive, then it would not have been an issue.

macintosh doctor Feb 16th, 2015 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HenriHelvetica (Post 1904522)
In late 90s, very early 2000s, I might have said Apple - just being counter grain, and forcing h/w manufacturers to bend for little return or reward. Mac users all seen as outliers at the time. In 2015? C'mon now. WD can't make this install smoother? And the jumps through hoops some had to go through pre firmware was even crazier.

I'm actually a little disappointed with this right now. Would have been a much more popular drive w/o all this hop scotch. Almost better off getting 1/2 the volume in SSD for the same price.

i miss the days of jumpers ;)

I use WD RE drives - as they are the best in the industry hands down, but I still have to use jumpers to set drive speed, something I can live with..
Seagate is auto negotiate but the failure rate is much much higher than WD Enterprise drives.

pm-r Feb 16th, 2015 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macintosh doctor (Post 1904610)
i miss the days of jumpers ;)

I use WD RE drives - as they are the best in the industry hands down, but I still have to use jumpers to set drive speed, something I can live with..
… ...


Hey…better watch out md what you say about having to use jumpers with some HDDs, as there are some members here that will tell you you're an idiot and you don't know what you're talking about — if similar history is to repeat itself!! :D

macintosh doctor Feb 16th, 2015 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pm-r (Post 1904826)
Hey…better watch out md what you say about having to use jumpers with some HDDs, as there are some members here that will tell you you're an idiot and you don't know what you're talking about — if similar history is to repeat itself!! :D

Western Digital drives don't auto negotiate with some systems.. the WD RE drives I have to use jumpers to slow them down from 3G to 1.5G SATA - for use in xServes, as they won't show up otherwise. That is the price to pay for stability.

Yes, eh mac is full of name callers, I can only offer advise by my experiences; no more than that. so as they say sticks and stones may break my bones.. but names will never hurt me :)

IllusionX Feb 16th, 2015 08:39 PM

You idiot. lol kidding.

Some hard drives indeed have a jumper to make it run at 1.5gbps...


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