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Mac Pro Set up?

170 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 14, 2012 5:11 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder RSS
Mlars Calculating status...
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Jul 14, 2012 3:44 PM

Hey everyone,

I am curious about how to optimally use my Mac Pro. Any information or links to resources would help, as it is hard to find basics online. Here are the specs:


2008 Mac Pro

2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor

16 GB 667 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM Ram

256 gb SSD drive

Storage 1 - 2 TB

Storage 2 - 2 TB

OS X 10.7.4

Logic Studio 9.1.7


I am primarily using it for Logic Studio 9. My question is how to optimize the SSD and two storage drives. Currently I have all of the applications on the SSD and am saving logic, itunes, etc. to Storage 1. Any thoughts? I am very familiar with Logic, but less familiar with setting up a Mac Pro. Previously I used a very limited 2006 Imac.



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jul 14, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to Mlars)

    MacOS X over-configures Real RAM, so it is constantly going back to the System Drive or Applications drive for a few pages of this or that. The best speed-up you can do is establish a Boot Drive, with System, Library, Applications, and the hidden Unix files including paging/swap, and move all the User files off to another drive. This keeps system accesses on their own drive, and allows other accesses to proceed at a better pace. If you can do that on a low-latency SSD, that is an incremental improvement.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers


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