Partition sizes for rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Megaman, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Megaman macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been partitioning every Mac that I've owned since about the mid 90's (7200 I think?). This will be the first SSD I will own on a Mac. I'm wondering if SSD's need partitioning?

    I work as a graphic designer. I use a lot of "heavy" PS (for work and personal), Illustrator, InDesign. I also use a lot of FCPX (personal) with my Canon XA10 footage.

    I'm expecting my "maxed" rMBP to arrive this week.

    Normally I partiton into 3, System (OS & Apps), Working and a Scratch.

    If partitioning is recommended, what would be recommended that I divide the 768gb drive partitions into "size wise"?

    Thank very much!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    There is no real advantage to splitting up the SSD into multiple partitions. You're not going to see any performance gains and it adds a level of complexity to the installation that is not needed.
     
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    I suppose if you do that for organization then do a 3-way even split but why not just have everything on one partition?
     
  4. Megaman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you both for the replies!

    So the way that SSDs work, I don't have to worry about performance loss or system getting corrupt the same way I would with a normal HD?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Actually, the SSD works exactly like a single hard drive would. That is, the single hard drive is not going to give you any faster speeds by partitioning it. If you had a second hard drive (or SSD) hooked up to the optical drive sata controller, then you'd see faster speeds because both physical drives would be able to read/write at the same time.

    Given that you have a retina MBP, there is no option for a second drive, since there's no bay.

    I've not heard of any corruption problems with using a single partition, and I've been using a Mac for many many years
     
  6. Megaman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Maflynn,

    In that case, I'll leave it as is.

    I appreciate your help :)
     
  7. nontroppo macrumors 6502

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    Just to say that for a scratch drive (i.e. video and photography work), a 64GB SSD connected via thunderbolt is the bee's knees! Thunderbolt is really flexible and native PCI speed means an effective 2nd bay ;-) We use Seagate goflex adapters which will fit any SATA disk with ease...
     

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