Optimizing hard drive speeds.

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

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

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    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

    JPamplin

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    Nashville, TN
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    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.

    JP
     

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