disk partition scheme for bootcamp, Photoshop scratch disk disk

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kudukudu, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. kudukudu macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I am waiting for my mac pro to arrive and want to figure out what kind of partition scheme to use.

    hardware - 1 320 GB drive, 1 750 GB drive (purchased separately of course)

    I am planning on cloning the mac OS to the 750 GB drive using super duper and then formatting the 320 GB drive. I will then use the 320 GB drive for a combination of windows XP and a photoshop scratch disk.

    750 GB - 750 GB partition with mac os
    320 GB - 50 GB partition for PS scratch disk
    320 GB - 270 GB partition for Windows XP SP2

    Does this make sense?
  2. Leafminer macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    I am interested in seeing the replies here as I will doing something similar. But I think 200+ GB for a Windows partition is probably not so good. Wouldn't it be better to keep Windows to something like 20-50 GB, and then install Windows program files on yet another partition? It is a bit cleaner that way if you ever have to wipe/reinstall Windows.

    My question would be if you do create a separate partition for Windows programs, I am assuming it has to be either NTFS or FAT32 formatted?

  3. tugger macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2005
    What's your backup strategy?
  4. markjones05 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    What kind of drive is the 750? I've had bad luck with drives over 500GB. Even the 1TB drives use two 500's usually.
  5. casw1000 macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    FWIW, this is what I am going to be doing. I got my new MP OCT 2.8 yesterday. Its currently got the 320gb WD drive.

    Install 750 Samsung F1 as boot drive and OS
    Install 2x 74gb Raptor drives as raid-0 and use for DV camcorder and iMovie stuff.

    Use 320gb WD drive for bootcamp and Vista Ultimate

    I have a WD 320gb Mybook for the backup

    Just my 2pence worth. I have no idea how good software raid is with OSX though.

  6. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    I have a more general question... At what level of use a speed increase from having different hard drives for the OS/Applications and files become noticeable? Does it only help users of large (>100 Mb) files? I personally only use medium sized files (1-10 Mb) for Photoshop/Illustrator and Powerpoint. Will I see a difference?
  7. elvisizer macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2003
    San Jose
    meh, most programs write SOME data to the c drive no matter where they're installed, so keeping windows on a separate partition might not save you as many software reinstalls as you think.
  8. LOZER macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Yes, NTFS. I have Vista home premium on my second HD(250gb) And it formatted in NTFS.
  9. kittiyut macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    You are absolutely right. It really doesn't make sense in the Windows world. It does, however, makes sense to use a different "physical" disk (not a different partition on the same physical disk) for your Windows scratch/page files.
  10. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I finally got my hands on a Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB 3G SATA drive. It's giving me only 70MB/s READ speeds. That's not even close to Tom Hardware's published 119MB/s READ speeds.

    On the other hand the Western Digital WD7500AYYS 750GB 3G SATA drive produced 96MB/s READ and WRITE. And the small random read/writes were faster than the comparable Samsung, Seagate, and Hitachi drives. Since this model is the enterprise RE2 with 24/7 service rating, I plan to use it as my primary boot drive.

    I'm thinking of using a dual 10K Raptor SATA drives (150G each x 2) -- which I already own -- for my Photoshop scratch volume, though if money were no object, I'd get two of those 15K SAS drives from Apple and the SAS RAID controller.

    But even more important than scratch drive is loading up with as much memory as you can afford. I have 16 GB (8 x 2GB FB-DIMMs). If I could afford it, I'd get 32GB (8 x 4GB FB-DIMMs). Mac OS X Leopard will use all the memory you have to create a "faux" scratch area for Photoshop CS3 even though memory cache is limited to 3.2GB.
  11. kudukudu thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I will have a 1 TB Lacie connected with fw800. I would have used super duper with 10.4, but I suppose I will see how time machine works with 10.5.2. I am not sure what program I will use to backup the windows installation.

    I will have a second 1 TB lacie that is kept off-site. Every few months I will swap the lacie drives. This way if my house burns down I am guaranteed to never loose more than a few months of data.

    The 750 GB drive is a Western digital. Model number WD7500AAKS.
  12. elvisizer macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2003
    San Jose
    that's true, if it's a fast disk you might see a speed increase on some things.

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