Did you keep your original boot drive or wipe it?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SteelBlueTJ, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    I am planning to install an ssd in my new Mac pro. It came with a 1TB WD as the boot drive. I was wondering if it's smart to keep that drive as it is and just put it away somewhere which kind of seems like a waste, or erase it and put it in bay 2 and use it for iTunes, photos, movies and other data. My only concern would be losing the recovery partition, but I do have a lion thumb drive if I ever need it, so does that really matter?
  2. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    You're better off using that 1TB of space, with work flows, photos, videos, music and data being what they are today, anything non speed intensive is a good place to store there and it'd be less wear and tear on your SSD.

    I'm pretty sure when you install Lion on to the SSD it will also install its recovery. Hopefully someone can answer that exactly...
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Make two partition on the 1TB. One used to keep a daily or weekly clone of the SSD in case of failure of the SSD. That way you can keep booting as normal albeit slower with the 1TB until you get a replacement.

    For the second larger partition you can use it for data storage or Time Machine backups. If used for data storage you will obviously need another drive for full system backups. Preferably rotated with one stored offsite or at least in a bolted down fire/water resistant safe.
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Do whatever you want with it. Does not matter.
  5. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    In my case, I replaced my 320GB drive with a 240GB SSD. Then left it sitting around for a year :)

    Just recently, I backed up the second hard drive in my MP, a 500GB drive, put the drive back in, the did a stripe raid to create a faster 640GB partition. Obviously, I'm wasting space, but I still end up with a larger partition that is faster than my old system.

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