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advice please. best way to setup new HD.

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daniel de tejas Calculating status...
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Dec 22, 2009 11:24 PM
Hi All

I got a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive for my PowerMac G5, and I'm trying to plan how I'm going to set it up. The original drive is a 250Gb, and I have a 150GB Glyph external HD that it used mostly for storing LogicPro 7 projects, but also backup of misc files. I have SuperDuper. I'd like to have a bootable clone of the original drive, and be able to backup the files from the Glyph. I was thinking about either:

A. Partition the 1TB right in half OR partition 250GB of it to be a bootable clone for the original, and the remainder for backup of Glyph and other misc. And if I do this, do I need to create a partition for both parts, or just the bootable part?

B. Make the 1TB the "master" boot drive and keeping the 250GB as a bootable clone (simply because I've heard everyone say having extra space on your main drive keeps everything zippy) and just backup the Glyph onto the extra space on the 1TB.

Suggestions?
Hope my questions are clear.

Thanks for the help!

Daniel
PowerMac, Dual 2.5 GHz, OS X 10.4.9 iBook, 1.07 GHz PowerPC, OS X 10.5, Mac OS X (10.4.9), RAM: PowerMac: 4 GB RAM iBook: 1.25 GB RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Dec 22, 2009 11:44 PM (in response to daniel de tejas)
    Hi Daniel,

    I would do 2 Partitions, 400 GB Bootable & 600GB to back the other two up to, since both the OS & Backups are going to grow.

    And if I do this, do I need to create a partition for both parts, or just the bootable part?


    Partitioning makes it 2 different Drives to the OS.


    Make the 1TB the "master" boot drive and keeping the 250GB as a bootable clone (simply because I've heard everyone say having extra space on your main drive keeps everything zippy) and just backup the Glyph onto the extra space on the 1TB.


    That's a good idea also.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:29 AM (in response to daniel de tejas)
    Yeah, you really need another 1TB drive to Clone everything to, Save the 250GB for an emergency Drive.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Dec 23, 2009 9:12 AM (in response to daniel de tejas)
    Less than 10% free space = thin ice.
    250 = 230 usually, so maybe 3%

    Great emergency drive for running disk maintenance and such.

    And a lean OS only really fits on 20GB just fine, it is all the other apps, media files, data that make for chocked full.

    Besides it needs a rest probably.

    Keeping a nice fast boot drive with a 2nd drive for media files and data has its own performance and maintenance benefits rather than loading everything onto one drive.

    1TB drives are nice, cheap and fast, buy a pair, at least so you have one for use, and one for backup (external FW).
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • IIe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 12:54 PM (in response to daniel de tejas)
    I hope I am not off topic. If so I apologize.

    I was wondering if one could install a 1 Tb HD in a Power Mac 1,6 GHz monoprocessor and will it be recognized.

    Up until now I thought the HD controller would only recognise up to 500 Gb. Also, even though it recognises SATA II HDs, they only run at 150 Mb/s (this is true on my machine).

    So maybe someone out there can confirm.

    Thanks and cheers.
    PowerPC G5 1,6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3 Gb RAM - GeForce 6800 GT DDL - 2 x 500 Gb HD
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 1:21 PM (in response to IIe)
    Yes, but they'll only run at SATA I speed.

    PS. It's quite acceptable to start a new topic of your own, feel free to start a new topic to attract more helpers to your particular situation, as not many helpers look at Solved/Answered Topics for people needing help, here's a link if as is often the case, it's hard to find out where to do it...

    http://discussions.apple.com/post!default.jspa?forumID=593
  • IIe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 1:36 PM (in response to BDAqua)
    Wow, I'm surprised to get such a casual "Yes" answer. I'm still having doubts (like St. Thomas), but I'll try it. It's worth the money.

    Let's add another question: What IS the limit then? Why not go for a 2 Tb ?

    Thanks a lot for your prompt answer and the advice on posting a new topic.

    Cheers.
    Power Mac G5 1,6 GHz Uniprocessor, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3 Gb RAM - GeForce 6800 GT DDL - 2 x 500 Gb HD
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 2:20 PM (in response to IIe)
    500GB was the biggest available when that Mac came out, Apple generally doesn't update that when changes happen later.

    2 GBs have been problems for several people, 1.5GBs for a few.

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