questions re: Scratch disks and organising files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nihilisticmonk, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. nihilisticmonk macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2005
    Hi guys,

    I've got a powermac dual 2.5 with the 160gb hdd, and I've added a spare sata 120gb from my decommissioned windows pc.

    Now, can anyone clafify the following for me?

    1)I've formatted it as mac extended (journalled) is that the best way?

    2) Photoshop and final cut express use scratch disks, and I can set multiple scratch disks, but it doesn't really make it clear which way is best. Can someone help with how this should be setup?

    3) for photoshop and video editing, which drive am I best saving output to?

    4) Is it right I can only install apps to the drive that actually has OSX Installed on it?

    Thanks in advance! Any tips you can give me on how to configure my setup would be really helpful!
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada

    The concepts are relevant whichecver hard drive model you have.
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Best pratice is this:
    System on it's own drive.
    Scratch(s) on their own drive.
    Media sources save to their own local drive.
    Also, If I am running on a deadline, I work with the primary media source directly, rather than working with a copy. That is usualy when I work with batching actions.

    Very few people can afford to do this.
    It really isn't necessary, but that's my work set up.

    My setup personal setup is this dependent on where I am.

    Away from home:
    System scratch and apps on the primary drive.
    Scratches and media sources on their own.

    At home:
    OS and Apps on their own drive.
    Program scratches on the same drive as master media
    Render to its own drive.

    Generaly I save video sources to the ancelary drive and stills to the primary drive, but that's due to both size and the fact I work with very few stills.

    [Edit] I shouldn't of taken so long to post. (better to pull from searching). Extned that thread not this one.
  4. nihilisticmonk thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2005
    Many thanks for the help guys!

    Guess I'll be purchasing a 74gb raptor for my primary drive soon :)

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