Best configurations for SSD + Optibay HDD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrat93, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    I just installed my stock 750GB HDD in an optical drive bay in my 15" MacBook Pro. I previously replaced the stock drive with a 240GB OCZ Vertex III SSD.

    Currently, my SSD is partitioned as 200GB Mac OS X Extended Journaled, and 40GB NTFS for my Windows partition.

    I own a bunch of games in Windows. Previously, I stored their data on an external hard drive formatted as exFAT for easy switching between OS X and Windows with large file sizes. Would there be any downsides of keeping the whole internal HDD formatted as exFAT?

    Also, is there a way to be sure that I'm getting the best possible performance out of my SSD? I know there are some issues with third party SSDs put in Macs with out configuration sometimes.

    I'd appreciate any suggestions! :)
  2. erphan macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    Welcome to the SSD family! I use a 120gb Vertex III and I love it.

    Regarding your first question, I can't particularly think of any reason why keeping it formatted as exFAT would be problem.

    About the Vertex III, I didn't tweak a single thing for the performance of my SSD and I've been using it for the past 11 months. I haven't seen any significant drop in performance nor boot times either. I think that you'll get the best performance leaving it the way it is.
  3. sieken macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2004
    I agree completely. Enjoy the best notebook configuration available!
  4. Sairo macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2012
    The Netherlands, Almere
    I dont mean to bash in ON your topic but Im Im wondering. Is it better to have the SSD in the original HD space or in the optibay?

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