Optimizing hard drive speeds.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BeyondMountains, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    I have two internals (300gb,1tb)
    and several externals.

    I want to optimize my file placement for speed and working. I mostly run logic studio.

    How should I do this?

    Right now all the programs and project files are on the 300gb drive.
    I'm willing to buy an additional drive.
  2. JPamplin macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    Nashville, TN
    Well, it really depends on what kind of work you're doing. I would imagine that the 1TB drive has better benchmarks than the 300GB, simply from having higher density which leads to better data throughput per platter revolution.

    A trick I've found is to partition a higher density drive with a smaller partition on the top (read: outside of the platters) as your boot drive, and place OS X and your apps on it, then locate your documents on the second partition (or even span it to that 300GB internal drive if space is a factor).

    Then span your externals together into a Time Machine backup volume as space is needed. Your externals probably won't have the throughput that internals have, but I could be wrong on that if they're FW800, I haven't got any to test).

    Try that and see how that goes.


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