Questions on SSD & HDD

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  1. abram1365 macrumors newbie

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    I have just installed a 120 gig solid state boot drive in my original HDD

    location, and placed the 500 gig original in an Optibay in my Macbook Pro. My

    question is how do I set the drives up so that the 120 gig ssd just has

    applications on it, and the 500 gig hdd has all the general storage. Also I plan

    to use Bootcamp. Can I use the ssd to launch Win 7 programs and save the

    data to another partition of the 500 gig hdd as well? Thanks.
     
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    Like Hell said... although that link doesn't really explain much, and in face kinda says don't do it.

    It's supposed to be easy to do though.
     
  4. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    It varies from app to app. For instance you can have your iTunes library on the 500 gb drive, all you have to do is change the settings in the iTunes prefs to point to that location.
     
  5. fineaddme macrumors regular

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    i had a quick question about a similar setup to the OP
    but how would i setup timemachine with a hdd in optibay and a ssd in my mbp?

    would the timemachine just work for backing up the ssd?
     
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    It should be able to back up the HD as well. Just make sure it's not excluded.
     
  7. millerb7 macrumors 6502a

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    No reason to do it app by app, just move the entire home folder over.
     
  8. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. I may do this. I didn't know it existed as an option in OS X. I am accustomed to doing this on Linux.
     
  9. miata, Dec 9, 2010
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    For me it makes more sense to keep a lot of home directory stuff like Mail, work documents,web cache, etc on the SSD. I just got the OWC Pro SSD 120 and Mail now starts up 10x faster and searches are even faster.

    It seems to me that you could be missing much of the value of an SSD when you move critical data to a slow HDD. I'm looking at moving the big files like iTunes to an HDD, but I want my other stuff to open fast. I understand the fast application and boot times, but I rarely launch and quit applications and always put my system to sleep rather than shutdown.
     
  10. abram1365 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would it cause any problems if I just moved parts of the Home Folder to the

    HDD, i.e. iTunes or my movie collection and left other parts of the Home Folder

    on the SSD?
     
  11. millerb7 macrumors 6502a

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    It would make more sense to just move your movies to a new "movie" folder on your HDD, and then move your entire music folder contents to a new music folder on the HDD, and when you start up itunes hold down option, and select that then as your new iTunes library.... I wouldn't go splitting up the actual home folder "folders" although it probably wouldn't cause any issues.

    That would free your SSD up from the music and movies.
     
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