MBP Pro Tools new Setup Arrangements Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Mikeosoft, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. Mikeosoft macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    Hi I've had my 2010 MBP since april, and I just found my MBox 2 pro and all the numerous registration serials and whatnot needed to get this setup going.

    Current MBP specs:

    Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Main Hard Disk: OCZ vertex 2 SSD 60 GB
    Secondary Hard Disk: Stock 500 GB 7200RPM
    OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.4 Up To Date

    I have used pro tools a bit before, not extensively, but enough to get myself going to cut some guitar demos, drum tracks, and whatnot.

    My dilemma is this:

    I need to decide how to properly format my Macbook Pro to serve a dual purpose as my current main computer, but also now as my DAW tool too.

    1.) I was thinking I could create a new Login account in OSx and call it "DAW" and keep it bare with no extra flair or graphics on, just a DAW station. Would this be the best way to go?

    2.) I have removed my superdrive and installed an SSD in place of the 500GB 7200rpm HDD, which I relocated to the superdrive bay. So I'm running an Sandforce 1200 OCZ Vortex 2 with Junk support, this baby is quick. I need to know what I should do about running Protools from an SSD. I am thinking the best idea is to install Protools on the SSD, but save my work on the 500 HDD 7200rpm. Is this the correct methodology?

    I did some extensive searching on MRoogle before writing this, and did not find any similar threads, please don't flame or bitch at me if this is a common question, however, I don't really believe it is.

  2. junior macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    Yeah, writing isn't SSD's strong point so running your DAW on a SSD and having data written on a regular drive is the way to go.
    As for creating a new account just for PT... Who knows? I personally partition my startup disk to completely separate my audio usage from other general stuff.

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