Is there an automated fusion drive creator in 10.9?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by byke, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2007
    LDN. UK
    As per title, I was interested to know if apple has included a section that allows automated installations of fusion drives in 10.9?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Can you explain what you want more clearly?

    Do you want to automate the creation of a whole bunch of Fusion drives?
    Or do you want to automate restoring a disk image to a whole bunch of Fusion drives?
    Or something else? :confused:
  3. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    I think they want the option it install an SSD and a SATA drive and create a "fusion" volume within disk utility.

    The answer to the question is no.
    You can however accomplish it via the terminal.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2007
    LDN. UK
    Sorry, my mistake.
    What I meant was this .....

    Many people are making their own "fusion drives" rather than buying the official drives from apple.

    However the process of taking 2 drives (one ssd and one normal hd) is quite long and cumbersome. I wondered if 10.9 had an automated part in say disk utility that takes 2 drives and creates a "fusion" drive, if requested.
  5. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    Yeah, I was hoping for this as well. Oh well, wasn't really expecting it, and configuring it via terminal is something you have to do only once.

    Since the new Mac Pro doesn't have drive bays, I don't think Apple will ever add it.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Like I said, nope.
    Terminal only.
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Since when is issuing three Terminal commands long and cumbersome? :confused:

    Here's an in depth article that shows how it's done.

    The basic commands are:

    diskutil cs create "Name" disk1 disk2
    diskutil cs list
    diskutil coreStorage createVolume "Your UUID from previous command" jhfs+ "Volume Name" 100%

  8. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    So the DP3 release notes state:

    - Fusion Drive volumes created with Developer Preview 3 are not compatible with OS X version 10.8.4 or earlier.

    Might there be a way to do this now? :confused:
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2010
    I don't think this is right (or it might just be out of date). Disk Utility from OS X 10.8.3 onwards will do this from an external drive (like a USB thumb drive). It will wipe both drives though to create the Fusion volume. Source (and it worked for me) - look at comment from OWC Ben M:
    Having said that, I do have a problem that Mavericks is not creating the Restore partition.
  10. macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2012
    So if I swiped out my disc drive and put in my stock 500gb hdd and did the terminal drive script and made it one drive, how would the overall speed be?
    Would it be faster, slower, or just the same?
    My main drive is a 256gb ocz vertex 4.
  11. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    It would pretty much feel like you had a huge SSD. But it'll also depend on how full your drive is. It'll feel closer to a hard drive if you are using up all that space.

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