[Moved to hardware forum.]
I recommend a five internal drives as a good starting point for storage configurations.
Use externals only for backups.
Pete, if we narrow your question a bit to, "what do people recommend for storage for the upcoming Mac Pro?" - then it might be a bit easier to respond - otherwise it seems a bit too broad. Or perhaps I am getting old...
If we do, then Thunderbolt based solutions would be the first to consider, from Promise Pegasus and Areca/CineRAID boxes to PCIe expansion boxes to something as cool as JMR SilverStor TB and Netstor NA333TB - which allow virtually unlimited storage expansion.
See also if these threads might help:
CC, you're responding to my post, right? Seems to say so... " in reply to Alex Gerulaitis"
Hence a few points:
- I was talking about storage options for 2013 Mac Pro. I think the OP did, too.
- SFF is irrelevant to those. All passes through TB anyway - that's the widest path.
- Ditto the Tweakers pages: irrelevant here.
- Calling the 2013 Mac Pro a "trash can", while perhaps humorous and in good faith, brings the conversation down a couple of notches. We aren't in a club. This is a technical forum. So perhaps refrain from that?