New Hard drive for programming only.

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by larswik, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. larswik macrumors 68000

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    I bought a SSD 60 gigs that arrives tomorrow. Since I use my computer to earn money like editing with Final Cut Pro 7 I intend not to update from 10.7, Everything works just fine. But when programming everything has to be the latest. I wanted Xcode 5 but it needed 10.8.

    So, I hope I have this right.

    1. install new hard drive in empty slot.
    2. install 10.7 OS
    3. reboot with new drive and download 10.8 from the istore and install
    4. download xCode 5 and install.

    Sound about right?
     
  2. xArtx macrumors 6502a

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    I would say clone the drive you have now, then update your machine,
    then when you want to use the current setup, boot from the clone drive.

     
  3. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Can you not just:

    1. Install new hard drive in empty slot.
    2. Download 10.8 from the Mac App Store
    3. Partition new drive in Disk Utility
    3. Run 10.8 installer app and tell it to install on the partition on the new drive
    4. When running 10.8 Download Xcode 5 from the Mac App Store

    This avoids installing 10.7 and then upgrading it to 10.8.
     
  4. larswik thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That sounds about right. $20 for a new os seems cheap. I almost doubt it is a full version of the software for that price that you can install from scratch on a drive. Seems like it should be an upgrade price if you already have a system installed, but I am probably wrong.

    I will try your installation method tonight.

    Thanks.
     
  5. JonasCalhoun macrumors member

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    It'll be a full version. One other thing I'd suggest is looking at using a virtualization product...Xcode isn't terrible on resources, so it should work ok..that way you don't have to reboot.
     
  6. PhoneyDeveloper macrumors 68030

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    I'd be interested in hearing about people's experiences with the SSDs. How much faster is it? What is the usual way to set things up? All of the OS on the SSD? Only Xcode? Only Xcode projects? Use links to connect things?
     
  7. 1458279 Suspended

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    The difference with the SSD is HUGE! What to put on the SSD? whatever is accessed the most. Complete OS with all programs.

    The prices on SSDs have dropped, the $1/G or less is the norm. A 100G should handle everything nicely.

    The project backup would be a different story.

    I don't think there is a great gain in an external SSD thru USB 3. So you'd want to do a backup on the main bus. You'd need/want two SSDs: 1 Running 2. Backup. Unless you can time the backup for idle or twice a day kinda thing or have a backup just for projects thru USB.


    SSD=Great investment. Check the ratings, some have higher failure rates and speed differ.
     
  8. PhoneyDeveloper macrumors 68030

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    Installing an SSD into my 27" iMac seems like a big project, based on the instructions at the iFixit site. Sounds good though.
     
  9. larswik thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The install last week was pretty easy. it is just a 44 gig drive and only for programming. Now Apple can require updates when ever they want and it won't make me run out and have to upgrade all the other software I use.

    It's tough to tell if it is fast. When ever I buy a new mac it always seems to boot fast until tons of software is installed. But when I switch over it takes about 10 seconds and it's up and running.

    The drive did not come with any brakets and it is small like a laptop drive. I installed it under the CD drive and works great.
     
  10. xArtx macrumors 6502a

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    Sinner that I am went for USB dual SATA Dock, and some work on modifying it.

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    It was really iOS programming that motivated me to clone a Mac OS with Xcode installed,
    but doing other things to now, and found out one OS might not like another OSe's
    file system.. one drive can go batty, so I disabled the port expander,
    and can turn drives on individually without removing them.

    No speed benefit like internal SSD of course, but the cloner in Mac Recovery loves it :)
     
  11. 1458279 Suspended

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    I just ordered my 1st SSD from Amazon. It's 128G for $79. I just ordered the one so the backup will still be on a regular USB drive for now. I'd like to have an SSD raid or at least a NAS, but that'll be sometime later.

    My understanding is that once the backup is complete, just the changed data gets backed up, so backups shouldn't slow things down much.

    One other option is to use a 64G flash drive in a USB 3 port for backup, those prices are dropping down nicely :D
     

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