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| p.1 #10 · Mac Pro - Abandon External FW800 Boot Drive? |
Thanks for your advice on internal SSD's. Please let me layout my current setup and how I should interprete your advice:
Current system for Lightroom 4.2:
My system is in the office
I have a Mac Pro 2.8 GHz Quad Core with 3 internal drives:
- 2 2TB internal 7200RPM drives each have a "Master" partition (750GB) and a "Mirror" (1250GB). The two "Masters" together form a 1.5TB RAID0 striped RAID and te two "Mirrors" form a 1.25TB RAID1 mirrored RAID.
- 1 single 1TB internal drive (the original drive that came with the MP) in 3 partitions: "Archives", "Boot" (unused for Lightroom) and "Scratch".
- 1 external FW800 drive, in 3 partitions: "Boot", "TimeMachine" and "Data"
Note #1: "Master" is a vulnerable drive, so it is backed up hourly on an a pair of external LaCie2TB drives: one resides at home and one at the office. I switch them at home each day I go to the office.
Note #2: "I use TimeMachine to backup the external Boot drive. It's on the same drive, so not secure. That is not a problem. I use it for retrieval of accidentally deleted files.
Note #3: "Boot" and "Data" on the external FW800 drive are backed up daily on a separate FW400 drive.
Here are the partitions and what I use them for:
- RAW files are stored on the RAID0 (striped) "Master" drive
- Critical data is stored on the RAID1 (mirrored) "Mirror" drive - this drive hold no
- LR catalog is stored on "Archives"
- CS5 and LR scratch folders are on "Scratch" (same physical drive as the LR catalog, not good)
External FW800 drive:
- "Boot" is used for Mac OSX 6.8. Clean, no data.
- "Data" is used for my iTunes library and other important data.
This setup has worked for a while, but it's not ideal speed-wise.
As an alternative, this is what I'm thinking now:
1. External SSD on a 6Gpbs PCIe card (either eSATA or USB3.0)
Store OSX and LR catalog. Take it home for data security (my computer might get stolen as it is unguarded in the office) and backups.
2. Internal SSD to store my current RAW files (say the RAW files from the running year). I'll need about 200GB. Is this significantly faster than RAW files stored on a 7200RPM drive?