Hard Drive Setup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hokuto, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Hokuto macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2008
    I am waiting delivery of a mac pro dual quad 2.8 and I am getting a 500GB option in bay 1

    I am ordering 2 x Samsung (finger crossed) F1 1TB drives (Bay 2 and Bay 3).

    My main use will be for producing music which will therefore run plug-ins instruments, effects, work with audio files...

    Would a setup like this be ok?

    Setup A
    500GB Drive 1 = System and other applications (e.g. Logic Pro, virtual insrtuments, other apps)
    1TB Drive 2 = Audio library (Samples, sounds from virtual instruments many GBs large, etc... )
    1TB Drive 2 = all sort of stuff from scratch disk to personal family files like photos, movies, music, etc...)
    Will then use external Hard Drive to back up stuff I don't want to lose

    Setup B
    500GB Drive 1 = System (too large for just system)
    1TB Drive 2 = Applications
    1TB Drive 3 = Data (audio files, audio library, personal photos-movies-music, etc...)

    Other option?

    If I want to have a dual but with Windows XP... will I be able to just add another Drive (Internal/External) for a dual boot start up?

    Thanks for any help
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I think Setup A would be the best.

    Regardless of the setup, you will need to backup all three drives on a regular basis. Otherwise you may have a very cloudy day when a HD fails and you cannot recover the data on it.

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