Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to soussherpa)
You have four or more internal hard drive bays.
Generally people do put media and data on add'l hard drives and leave the system OS and Apps to the boot drive today. And a small 120-240GB SSD is a popular option with Samsung 840 going for $100.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to soussherpa)
I kept multi drive setups with data and home on 2nd drive or arrays.
It works for cars, to have dual rear axle drive wheels, or 4-wheel drive.
Your OS has enough to do on its own and multiple concurrent I/O works. And it has been around for 40+ yrs nothing new and pre-dates C/PM and DOS or Windows.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2013 8:15 AM (in response to soussherpa)
The Mac does not care about which slot or even internal VS external. It boots from the location you specify in:
System Preferences > Startup Disk
No slots are "magical" for any software purpose.
It is best to have a traditional SIZED drive in bay one, but only because that closes up the space directly above the intake fan to ensure good outside arirflow from the front intake.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 6:34 AM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
Would formating a striped raid setup be good for me? I reformatted both my additional HD's to Exented Journal, but it takes time for them to recognized when I highlight them in finder.
My main disk is 1 terabyte.
2nd reformatted is about 700 GB's.
3rd is about 200 GB's.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 7:00 AM (in response to soussherpa)
arrays are only to be done with identical drives - make/model and revision
something else may be wrong for them to take so long, assuming you turn off the energy saver setting to spin down drives when not in use which you would cause 20 seconds or more for a drive to spin back up
40GB is about average for Mac OS, so it fits on a SSD and instant response
if they are more than two years old consider using for backup and archive only and see if you can invest in any such as one for timemachine, use the 700 for clone and 1TB for data
Windows on its own drive too or split an SSD - Samsung 840 240GB $170 would hold both nicely, 100GB each OS