Hard Drive Advice

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by 4rephotographer, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. 4rephotographer macrumors newbie

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    Very happy to have received my mini this morning, it wasn't supposed to be here until Monday. :)

    I'm looking for some advice on how to set-up my hard drives in the future. I do very little video work, but lots of photography. Right now I'm running Lightroom 3 with my photo catalog on a 1TB FW800 external as my previous MBP didn't have the HDD room. I bought the 2.7ghz i7 mini with the stock 500GB 5400 hdd with the intent to upgrade to a SSD boot drive.

    What would you guys suggest for my needs, I think the little big disk would be overkill since I don't do much video work? 128SSD as a boot and then the 500GB as a media drive and use the 1TB as a backup?
     
  2. marzer macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly how I'd set it up given those drives. But in the mean time, for boost in performance, I'd configure the two internal 500GB's in RAID 0 (for a full 1TB) and use the FW as the backup drive.
     
  3. monokitty macrumors regular

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    He doesn't have dual 500GB drives - just a single 500GB drive.

    128SSD as a boot and then the 500GB as a media drive and use the 1TB as a backup?

    I'd go this route myself as well.
     
  4. 4rephotographer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, yes it just the one internal drive right now. Would the 5400rpm be sufficient for media as long as the program is running of the SSD?
     
  5. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Well I would definitely skip the RAID 0 then :)

    Oops, didn't realize you could get an i7 in the non-server mini, that's pretty sweet.
     
  6. Lokheed macrumors regular

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    Yeah, but it's still a dual core. The server is a quad.
     
  7. 4rephotographer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I do like to do some mild gaming so I had to go with the dedicated gpu, it was a tough decision though.
     
  8. mooseeka macrumors newbie

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    I replaced mine with seagate 500gb hybrid ssd for $100..twice as fast now at least
     
  9. marzer macrumors 65816

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    That sounds like good compromise to the high cost of SDD's. Have you done any benchmarks to test the performance gains over the standard HD?
     
  10. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    I have this drive too, honestly it's not too amazing.

    Edit: Don't get me wrong, it preforms well ... I boot in about 20-30 seconds, and my frequently accessed programs open quickly.

    It's just that it's still not an SSD. You're going to have to deal with slow write speeds when transferring data.
     

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