Now our first thought was you could just add a DAS, but that also defeats that purpose. We want to see a single device with as much storage as possible. So we started taking a look as to what expandability you may have internally. We found that you actually have two SATA ports one the Apple I/O card. Now keep in mind that we do not seem to have any SATA power cables visible, but assuming there are, those two ports would allow for 24TB of hard drive space alone. This would give you space for many Final Cut Pro X projects, but remember that Final Cut projects can take hundreds of gigabytes each for a 5-10 video. Also remember that if you want to export in 8 or 10-bit uncompressed your short video could be nearing a terabyte.
So is there another way to upgrade? Yes, but it was announced by Apple at WWDC. Instead it is found on the Mac Pro website when looking at Kits and Accessories. Under Storage it shows a Promise Pegasus R4i 32TB RAID MPX Module Kit.
This brings our total to 60TB so far with SATA and Apple SSDs. Is there any more, well, yes. We could assume that the device could handle two of the Pegasus R4is bringing us to 92TB, but I think we could do better.
Instead of these storage devices why not 7 PCIe SSDs?, leaving the bottom PCIe slot for a dual slot AMD Radeon Card. Well with Samsung’s PM1725b with 12.8TB each, that 89.6 TB of storage on top of the 4TB Apple SSDs. Brining us a total of 93.6 TB of SSDs, not spinning disks at all. This is an amazing amount of storage to have, preventing the need for NAS or DAS for a long time, especially you delete project libraries after exporting a Digital Master Copy.
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