Help needed formatting drives...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AppleWorking, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. AppleWorking macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009

    Could someone please tell me how to format all of my drives like a two year old. LOL There are so many options, etc that it's a little confusing. I have a new MacPro and I just received the drives below. The MacPro came with a 640 WD blue drive. This is how I want to install my drives but I don't know how.

    Sled 1: WD 640 Black #1
    I want to use this one as my main Mac OS boot drive. All of my mac apps including the os will be installed here. I hear some people say that it is best to have the OS on the outer part of the disk for fast access. How do you do this? Do I need to partition it, and if so, how big? Where are my apps going to go, on the other partition of this drive?

    Sled 2: Apple 640
    This is the drive that came with my macpro and it currently has the Mac OS and everything else installed by Apple on it. I want to use this drive for Time Machine backups and for SuperDuper backups, both. How should I format this drive?

    Sled 3: WD 640 Black #2:
    I want to use this drive to install Vista Home Premium 32bit.

    Sled 4: WD 1 TB Black:
    I want to use this drive for ripped DVD's. I will most likely use DVD Fab (Windows program installed on Sled 3 above) to rip them directly to this drive. I was wondering, though, will this drive be accessible to the Mac? Meaning, can I play movies with the mac from this drive, or will I only be able to play them with windows?

    Thank you for your help. :)
  2. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    Sadly, it seems like one of the limitation of Bootcamp is that the installation of windows can only be on the boot disc, i.e. the drive that you have OS X on.

    All is not totally lost however, you can just create a small partition, say 32 gigs, and format your third drive so that it is usable in windows.

    But i'm curious to as why you would rather rip DVDs in windows than OS X, handbrake offers very good performance.

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