I have a MacBook Pro (MacBookPro6,1) that came with a 500GB Seagate 7200rpm disk (ST9500420ASG)
Having already maxed out the RAM to 8GB now I want to:
- optimize drives for performance
- add more capacity
- a backup plan
I decided to ditch the optical drive and bought the
OWC Data Doubler and the 1TB WD Scorpio Blue 5400rpm disk (WD10JPVT)
Now I start to realize that the important thing is to separate the "BOOT" drive from the "MEDIA" drive.
To make the Boot drive fast I will have to replace the 500GB Seagate disk with an SSD drive.
I was thinking the 128GB Crucial m4 SSD (CT128M4SSD2)
So in my MBP I will have:
"BOOT" 128GB SSD + "MEDIA" 1TB WD
I do photography and video.
I could maybe partition the "MEDIA" drive into 2x 500GB "PHOTOS" + "VIDEOS"
As backup I have 3 disks:
- 500GB Seagate 7200rpm - original MBP disk
- 500GB Samsung 5400rpm I use as backup until now
- 160GB Seagate 7200rpm disk from an older MBP (maybe use this to backup the SSD Boot disk?)
I connect these drives via Firewire 800 in an enclosure.
Later could decide to get a 2TB Time Capsule to do the backups automatically and wireless.
What do you think? Is this a good plan?
Should I partition the MEDIA drive? I think the "VIDEOS" part will eventually become bigger than the "PHOTOS"..
Anything performance wise I should be aware of?
For example I have been doing some reading about moving the Home Folder and the Sleepimage out of the Boot drive.
Do I have to make a special partition for this on my "MEDIA" drive?
I want to optimize this machine for Adobe CS6 Apps like Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro.
A lot of these Apps write cache files in username/Library/Application Support/Adobe folders.
Do I need a "scratch disk" as well? Where could I make it and how big?
A disk for cache needs to be fast.. but I guess the 1TB WD 5400rpm is not ideal..
Should I get a bigger SD drive than?