Partitioning my boot drive

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by big dainjerus, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. big dainjerus macrumors regular

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    New mac pro 2.8 here. Just got from owc 4 new hard drives and 8 gigs of ram.

    I will be using the WD 640 aaaks as my boot drive, along with 3 other samsung f1s. This is my first time doing it and I will take it step by step, so for now I am concerned with partitioning my boot drive. I have read instructions on how to do it, but I am looking for help from some seasoned vets as to how I should partition my boot drive to maximize everything.

    I will be using this computer to record music with logic pro (I am using the apogee duet with keyboard and guitars), soundtracking, video editing with final cut, a lot of photoshop and aperture work, and then the usual web surfing and frolicking about macrumors.com. I will have thousands of photos and music files.

    I have read about people partitioning their boot drive to the point where they have a partition just for the internet. Is this too much? Does it actually make a difference? Can anyone enlighten me on the theory of partitioning my boot drive? Are there certain things I must do to each individual partition?

    And one more question, once I partition it is there no going back without purchasing software to do so? I really would like to just do this once, and do it in a way that will benefit the performance of the drive and computer. Knowing what I would like to above, what would be ok to store on my boot drive besides apps, if anything?

    Should I dedicate a partition for scratch on my boot drive, if at all, or on a different drive? There are a lot of things that I have no yet been able to understand and will come to in the near future, so I hope someone can give me some good advice for the time being so I don't F this up now.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. fuzorsilverbolt macrumors member

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    partitioning

    Partitioning your drive won't really give you a performance boost. But if you can use another drive as scratch then do that. Using another drive as scratch will give a perfomance increase.
     
  3. big dainjerus thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, I just loaded up my computer with ram and 4 new hds. What a piece of cake that was! Made me feel like a true member of the geek squad, but now I have to re install everything and we will see how that goes.

    How big a partition should I make for scratch? Can I put it on the 4th drive which will serve as the back up, or should I put it on one of the other two drives one which will contain music and video projects, and the other photoshop projects, software/sample libraries, photos (lots) and music?
     
  4. fuzorsilverbolt macrumors member

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    split them up

    Split up the four drives into two separate raid volumes. Put the os on the first raid volume and the scratch and working files on the second
     

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