How the OS sees a new Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LeandrodaFL, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    In Windows, if you add a second volume, its files are idependent from the first volume. for example, if you have a drive C with the OS on it, it doesnt matter if you add a second HD, your desktop folder will have space limits according to drive C capacity.

    Is it the same for Mac OS?
  2. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010


    Stop saving all your files to the desktop.
  3. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Windows. The desktop is the only possible place to store anything without losing it completely.
  4. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    thanks, so adding a second volume to my macmini wont matter, regardless of where my files are stored.
  5. speacock macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    It's just the same as in Windows, there will be a second volume there that you can store files on but it's space is independent of the existing one and shows up as a second disk (they are two physically separate entities). You can mount the new volume in a folder of the old one just like you can on Windows so that they appear to be a single file/folder structure, but that doesn't merge the space together, each volume still has it's physical capacity and will be constrained by that, they just look to you like they are a single disk.

    If you want both disks to appear as a single lump of disk space then you'd need to make a spanned volume (aka RAID0 stripe). Both Windows and Mac OS X have software RAID capabilities and can create striped volumes, though I don't believe either can use a striped boot volume, so it'd probably mean repartitioning or at least shrinking the boot volume. You can have a striped boot volume if you have a RAID disk controller.

    However, I wouldn't recommend anyone put valuable data on a striped volume as you effectively double your risk of data loss (the failure of either disk will result in data loss).
  6. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Ok, that RAID option sound promising. Howerver, as stated, My Macmini only accepts 1 hard drive, RAID is not suported on it, as it also has a superdrive built in.

    I was just curious, I tought that maybe a Unix system would "spread the folder tree"

    My next swap in HD will probably be in order to install a SSD. thanks for the answers
  7. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    You just have to learn how to properly use folders to organize your stuff.
    Most people don't save anything but temporary stuff on the Desktop.
    There in Windows same as OSX setup folders for music, documents, movies...
    In Windows is actually much better than OSX in finding files again and organizing stuff over multiple volumes.

    If you are in Explorer if you enter some random folder (which isn't already in a library) there is usually a big button that says include in library. It drops down and you can click one of your libraries.
    No matter where this folder is you can find it by clicking on this library from now on. It works not just if the folder is on a different drive but it can be on a network drive or just about anywhere with access.
    You can also create custom libraries, like work projects or home finances. Just click on libaries (where you see them all listed in the big window) and there is a button for new library on the top.

    OSX doesn't have anything as easy and useful. There are Spotlight searches and symbolic links but neither is really a decent file organization tool.

    The Desktop is a place where you might throw some stuff that you need today but move to a organized folder tomorrow or delete it. It is used for Shortcuts too. You can put a short cut to your libraries but the actual folders should be stored somewhere else.
  8. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Shortcuts on desktop? Thats crazy. I have a stack only for shortcuts.

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