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Best disk format for Aperture volumes

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léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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Mar 27, 2012 3:40 PM

Today my new MacBook Pro was delivered, and before I migrate my data I would like to have some advice from this community on how to format the disks for best use with Aperture.

 

Fresh out of the box the system drive (500 GB SSD) and the second internal disk (1 TB) are both formatted MacOS Extended (Journaled). Would there be any advantage in changing that to MacOS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled) while the disks are still empty?

 

I will use that MBP mainly for fun - maintaining my Aperture Library, making music with GarageBand, maintaining the iTunes Library, creating movies with iMovie, QuartzComposer and PovRay, and programming. Unfortunately all my hobbies need a lot of disk space and processing power, so additional advice would be appreciated on how to get the best profit out of my 500 GB SSD.

 

 

Regards

 

Léonie

 

MacBook Pro, 17", Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.4 GHz I.Core i7, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 1TB HardDisk

Aperture 3, Version 3.2.3
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,335 points)
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:44 PM (in response to léonie)

    HFS+ of MacOS Extended (Journaled). You do not want case sensitive.

     

    Allan

  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to léonie)

    Probably because unix was case sensitive. And if you have a bunch of old files where you want myphoto and MYPHOTO to refer to different photos, you might want to check it.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,430 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 9:55 AM (in response to léonie)

    They are formatted as you should want them to be.

     

    I have a suspion, btw, that there is no advantage to having the Aperture Library on the SSD and Referenced Masters on the 1 TB -- this is from some interchange I once had with someone with a similar confuration.  If the image Masters are all to be on the internal big drive, I think performance would be better with a Managed Library on the 1 TB, but of course with the app running from the SSD.  I have no equipment to test this, but the kind of files in an Aperture Library, ex masters, probably do not benefit from being on the SSD since the apply to the Masters.  I run my library as Managed, but exclusively on a separate volume and drive from the boot drive.

     

    Ernie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,430 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 1:56 PM (in response to léonie)

    The problem with "keep the Aperture Library on the fastest volume" is that is not possible much of any library and a SSD.  I think any internal drive is plenty fast enough.  You then wind up with a split. 

     

    Ernie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,430 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to léonie)

    Not sure I deserve a Solved for a supposition that I am in no position to prove.

     

    Ernie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,430 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to léonie)

    I think where I came to conclusion was in a topic months ago where I believe a SSD had been added to perhaps a Mac Pro.  I will look for it.

     

    Ernie

  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:36 PM (in response to léonie)

    This explains a little bit more:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=ServerAdmin/10.6/en/asa76d058e.html

     

    I really don't know whether it would be a problem. It *shouldn't* be, but you might want to ask on the MacOs Technology forums which are a bit more unixy than the standard MacOs forum.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 6:40 PM (in response to léonie)

    Not following this closely so I might have missed a step or two but Léonie if you are thinking of formatting as case sensitive don't. It will open up a can of worms.

     

    It's a real problem especially on a mixed format setup, that is some drives case sensitive and other case insensitive.  There is no real reason to go case sensitive with OS X.

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