Setting up new Mac Pro (any tips?)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mrt209, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. mrt209 macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    According to Fedex, I'm getting my Mac Pro tomorrow :D

    It's my first MP, so am wondering if there's anything I should consider when I'm setting it up. I bought a SSD from OWC so going to use that for my boot drive. I'm doing a clean install, so I'll just be transferring my files from my iMac.

    When I set up the MP, should I just install OS X on the SSD or should I move the user folders to the 1TB disk? Is it a good idea to partition the SSD and install Windows 7 on it as well?

    Also, in what hard drive bay should I place the SSD?

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    The home folder issue has been beaten to death here. FWIW, I left my home folder on the SSD boot and haven't seen a need to change that configuration. YMMV.

    JMO, if you need Win 7 put it on a separate SSD/drive!!!!!!!! There are a couple different methods of doing this. Do a search for details. I would think about using the stock HD as the place to put win 7.

    I would just clone the boot drive to the SSD myself. There are several free programs that can do this operation.

    congrats on the new MP.
  3. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    I usually do a clean install and skip the printer drivers and the language packs.

    I move my dropbox default folder to a platter hard drive.

    Same with my Kindle software.

    The above could yield a solid 3-6GB in space savings.
  4. mrt209 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Thanks for the replies :)

    I also delete all the language packs and other unnecessary stuff using cleanmymac.

    I think I'll just install OS X on the SSD and then I'll partition the 1TB disk and use it for storing my music and movies as well as for Windows 7. Later on when I have money again (spent all on mac) I'll buy a few more hard drives for time machine and windows.

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