Hi all, I've just ordered two of these for use with my incoming mac pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152102 ( SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 1TB 32MB/cache) I have searched the forums, but I want to make sure this setup makes sense as I'm new to Mac's (first since the original iMac hah). 1. I was considering the following setup: Drive 1: 250GB partition for OS/Apps, 750GB for data/parallels Drive 2: 250GB partition for SuperDuper boot drive, 750GB for time machine Drive 3: Stock drive bootcamp A. Will this setup lose performance from having os/apps on the same physical drive as data? Or are those benefits generally drive speed only? B. Is it cleaner to have parallels or vmware images on their own partition? C. Would it be a lot better to just use Raid1 for the two samsungs and then time machine to an external? 2. I'm a Mac Noob. Once I get these drives, if I do partition each drive - at what point do I do this? Before/Upon/After reinstall of OSX (take the stock boot drive out after DOA test?)? Any tips in either area are much appreciated! Happy to be joining the Mac community =).