Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 10:50 AM (in response to AdColvin)If you go to the Apple Store and click Learn More it states this.
"If you configure your iMac with both the solid-state drive and a Serial ATA hard drive, it will come preformatted with Mac OS X and all your applications on the solid-state drive. Then you can use the hard drive for videos, photos, and other files."
Essentially the larger SATA HD will be empty. You can transfer files between the two.
Time Machine will backup what you allow it to backup. It uses Spotlight so if you shut off spotlight or tell TM to not backup this particular drive then it wont.Macbook Air 11", Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPod Touch 4G
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 11:26 AM (in response to T5GP5Ox32)Wow thats great. I was thinking about having the OS and Apps on an SSD, but I thought it would be more complex to do than this. Leaving the larger drive free for files makes a lot of sense, and if I can have Time Machine back them both up then so much the better
Thanks for the help,
AdamMacBook Pro 13 Inch, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 3, 2011 6:46 AM (in response to AdColvin)
I'm also considering getting an iMac with an SSD, and I intend to use it the same way. OS and apps will be on the SSD. Large media files, disc images and any other large files that I won't access often will remain on the HDD.
The basic principle is that if you need to access a file very quickly and often, it must be on the SSD; but if the file is not going to be accessed often, it shouldn't take up valuable SSD space. A SSD is great for accessing lots of small files at once - an operating system does that while it's booting, for example - so files and apps you use regularly should be on the SSD to see the most benefit.
I'm an Aperture user and I plan to split my Aperture Library and put the most recent photos (in a smaller library of about 30 GB) on the SSD. That way opening and processing those images will be much faster. The not-so-urgent old photos will remain on the HDD. The same could apply to an audio professional working with Logic Studio, or an AutoCAD user working with dxf files etc.
I would create new "media/storage" directories on the mechanical drive and put the unimportant files there. I think it's not possible to move, say, the /user/Music directory on the mechanical drive while the /user directory stays on the SSD. In this case I will need to point iTunes to the new folder on the mechanical drive, for example.
Hope this helps. Every SSD user I heard from says it's dramatically speeded up their computer; so if you go for one, I think you will be very satisfied.
Edited: Sorry, I saw this thread on the "similar threads" area on the right and wrote my reply without checking the date. I really need to pay more attention..
Currently Being ModeratedJun 8, 2011 8:01 AM (in response to AdColvin)
I have an imac with a SSD and a HHD. I have the os and the applications on the SSD but many of them store material in the Users folder and the SSD is fast filling up.
Is there some way to have the Users "filling up folders" on the HHD and simply point to them. If so, how do I do this?
Is there another way to get around this problem?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 12:06 PM (in response to smartsale)
I think the first step should be identifying what kind of files are mostly filling up the SSD. If, for example, your iPhoto library is growing fast and taking up lots of space in the SSD, you could move the iPhoto library to the HDD. Same goes for iTunes and music files.
If Downloads are taking much space, you can point Safari or another browser to place new downloads in a new location. Or maybe create a new "Documents" folder on the HDD and save the office documents or psd etc. files there..
In MacOS it's also possible to place "hard links" that tell the OS to keep the file somewhere else but link it to the wanted location, but I never tried it so I cannot really suggest that.
I know I haven't been of much help, but these are what I would do if I faced the same problem. Good luck..