Help cleaning up hard drive after SSD install

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by thatgreenvw, May 6, 2012.

  1. thatgreenvw macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if the title wasn't clear, but after installing an SSD to compliment the stock HDD I partitioned the stoke drive to just enough to leave the previous OS stuff on there and intend to use the rest for media etc. However I now have 3 drives showing up on the desktop, the SSD and both partitions of the HDD. So i'm just wondering if there is a way to remove the small partition hard drive icon off of the desktop leaving the other two.

    Also, after setting everything up I've been able to shrink the partition further using disk utility but now I have about 20 GB that i can't extend my media partition into. After having a look around this seems like a common issue and I'm wondering if anyone could help with this.

    The install did go smoothly eventually, mainly from checking on here with the issues people came across and their remedies, so thank you board!
     
  2. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Why are you leaving the OS files on the hard drive? If you proper moved them to the SSD and are booting from the SSD you can delete them.

    Until recently I kept my user home directory on the hard drive, but realized that 1) a performance boost could be had day to day and 2) the largest chunk of data is pictures and movies. So for both my 2010 27" iMac and 2011 15" MacBook Pro I only reallocated these two media directories. The only down side is that iTunes does not work with symbolic links, so I have to manually manage my files meaning the movies need to be added to the second drive directory then added to iTunes leaving them in place. The benefit is the iTunes library files are on my SSD making iTunes instantaneous. I am only using about 70GB on thee SSD using this model.
     
  3. thatgreenvw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I figured it best to leave the old OS files on the original drive in case anything were to ever happen to the SSD, and for the sake of ~20GB seemed a fair trade off. All the media etc is pointed from the hard drive like you said though
     
  4. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    If you are concerned about the SSD failing, I would recommend using the second drive as a time machine back up destination vs keeping the system files. The systems files in Lion are easily recovered from Internet Recovery.
     

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