What is the fastest layout of progs, OS and storage etc??

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  1. Reality4711 macrumors 6502

    Reality4711

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    I am unsure of which forum to put this in so please move me if wrong!

    OK. My system is as follows. Mac Pro 8x3.2 cpu, 16Gb ram, 8800gt gpu, 4xinternal HDs, 30"&23" displays. Plus the usual collection of odds and sods.

    My work is mainly in CS4 photo. and web based research.

    Question is for you ,I am sure very basic.

    What goes where for stable fastest operation?

    HD1 - should that just be the OS, or OS+ Applications or other?

    Where should my user file go?

    Do you get my drift? Is the default set up best for all or should I set this monster up a another way?

    At the moment:- HD1 - OS +applications, HD2&HD3 RAID ! (scratch) and RAID 0 (library backup, HD4-Library.

    It is the HD1 stuff that is in question?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    Things to consider...

    1) The outside of the Hard Drive platter is faster (that is the top of the bar when you partition it in Disk Utility).

    2) The OS and apps should go in the fastest storage location you have. After that, it's up to you where you want stuff.
     
  3. Reality4711 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Things considered

    Thank you for that Genghis. Appreciated.

    Following on from your comments.

    As the applications store up info (emails/documents)etc within themselves are they slowing themselves down and if so . How do you store that info away from the app. itself. The goal being to keep the initial speed.

    I think I am asking _ should the 'user' folder be on a different drive to the OS+Apps drive?

    Again thank you for the help.
     
  4. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    Yes.
    :p
     
  5. ungraphic macrumors 6502a

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    I'd make my operating system and applications drive out of two hard drives in RAID0, and use another drive for documents and other stuff on a seperate drive. I've always had my primary OS/Applications drive running free of anything else.
     
  6. Reality4711 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Things considered again

    Thank you both.

    So then safest method of moving my 'User" folder across to my main storage disc?

    Drag & Drop? or what?

    Thank you (for the patients) :eek:
     
  7. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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