Dual Drives

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  1. jdwagner888 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    I just ordered 2 new hard drives for the MBP.

    a 256 ssd for reg hd bay, and a 1tb hdd for optibay

    When they come in the mail, I plan on first installing the SSD to download a fresh copy of OSX Lion. Then remove that and place the 1tb in to download windows 7.

    This way if the SSD goes bad I will still have an alternate OS to use until I have a new one. Is this a good idea? Will it work? Or should I just dual boot both OS on the SSD to make things easier?

    Thanks for the input!
  2. weemanpow3 macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2008
    It's all up to you. I went with both OS on the SSD because I wanted speed.

    256 GB SSD
    OS X - 175 GB - partition
    Win 7 - 80 GB - partition

    Frequently used applications, etc...

    750 GB HDD
    Storage - NTFS format
    - Constantly written data is written on this drive
    - Music, Videos, Pictures, Documents, Games.
    - Big applications that don't get used often.

    On the storage drive I have main folders named "OS X" and "Windows." In these folder it house applications, games, etc... that pertains to the OS.
  3. jdwagner888 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011

    Thankyou for the Input!

    Your setup sounds like the original idea I had, do you run into any complications with ntfs format and osx?
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I got a slightly different solution.

    256GB SSD
    Win7 80GB
    OSX the rest

    1TB HDD
    OSX sized partition. Fast at the beginning of the drive for temporary stuff and speed. A notebook quickly back online should the SSD fail. You can clone all essential stuff to it all the time.
    The rest Data drive in exFAT. Writeable from both OS without any special software or crappy NTFS drivers.
    Data drive only holds big stuff like pictures, movies, images, other big files.

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