Best internal drive setup for system performance?

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  1. hungry ghost, Oct 26, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013

    hungry ghost macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm just about to install a new 1tb internal drive on my G5 dual 1.8 and was going to do a clean install of the OS and start copying files over.

    But I wondered if there is any benefit (speed, data safety) to dedicating an existing 120gb drive to system use only. Obviously performance suffers as the disk fills up, but what would be a wiser move - having all files take up half of a new 1tb drive, or dedicating an older 120gb for OS/apps use only and using the new drive for work/storage?

    Also, for Time Machine backups - I know the official advice is to make available double the space... but for example if I fill up say 600gb of a 1tb drive, I assume it would be fine to allocate 1.2tb of an external drive to Time Machine rather than 2tb, since some space will be unused?

    All advice appreciated!
     
  2. wobegong Guest

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    On the performance question I think you're better off with the 1Tb drive, it will be a faster drive than the ancient 120Gb and that should outweigh any data fill slowdowns.

    For the Time Machine question you are correct, just keep an eye on the Time Machine drive's free space (I use "iStat Menus" to give me a clear indicator in the menubar on the used space on all my drives).
     
  3. hungry ghost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice, I think I will partition the new drive and use a chunk just for the OS. Didn't think that drive speeds have increased but I guess that's not a surprise.

    cheers :)
     

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