Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 12:45 AM (in response to Peter Miller)
Following wiki could be a hint for your consideration.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 4:56 AM (in response to Peter Miller)
you don't need special instructions.
Seems like a waste to use 1TB just for XP
And maybe your current system drive is old or has all the media files on it.
you could have 10.8.3 and 10.6.8 on one drive.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 5:54 PM (in response to The hatter)
The 1TB drive is not entirely a Bootcamp drive, the drive has two partitions, a small Bootcamp one, and a larger storage drive for Mac OS X — To be honest it is a an old, slow drive which I should probably upgrade.
My primary Mac OS X drive is entirely for the Mac, mainly as It's a smaller drive (compared to the other two)
You mention it is possible to have 10.6.8 and 10.8.3 on the same drive? My guess is this is done via partitioning the drive? (One for each OS)
What is your opinion on the following?
1. Clone my current Snow Leopard drive onto a new, larger HD (say 1-2TB) using a Time Machine restore.
2. Partition the new system drive (two 500GB-1TB partitions).
3. Install 10.8.3 onto the second partition.
In that case leave the current Bootcamp drive as is; effectively creating a triple boot setup? — ideally I'd like to have my machine set to boot to Snow Leopard by default; and have both Mountain Lion and Bootcamp as secondary systems, that would be accessible via Startup Disk from System Preferences.
I hope that seems sensible, let me know if you have any questions.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2013 3:59 AM (in response to Peter Miller)
I DO NOT use large drives for booting.
I use small fastest device possible.
All the data is on other drives.
If you mix on same drive be sure you format and install with the newest first and have Recovery partition first.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 16, 2013 8:04 PM (in response to The hatter)
While I there is some sense on not using large drives for booting, assuming you're meaning to reduce filesystem clutter; otherwise there should be no operational performance difference between a larger and smaller drive by comparison, the only factors that will change are a larger drive will have a higher power consumption, and may run at a higher temperature; though both of these still relate to the system load on the drive.
A 500GB 7200rpm hard drive will operate at the same speed as a 2TB 7200rpm drive.
As for storing 'all other data on other drives' that is something I already try to do this, I only store core data, or frequently used files on the boot drive. — this is the reason I have two additional hard drives installed.
Thank you however for your advice regarding mixing partitions on the same drive — assuming you are saying have the partitions ordered as follows.
Have Mountain Lion as the first partition of the boot drive, with Snow Leopard on the second partition. — The order of the other drives should be irrelevant at this point.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to Peter Miller)
higher density generally you will find as 2TB drive faster and you could reduce seeks and head arm by partitioning off a smaller system volume.
You will like how snappy an SSD is .
The difference between a system only on 1TB WD vs WD 10K VR vs SSD, is noticeably even if you have moved user. On an SSD leave the home library on the ssd, faster and takes advantage.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to The hatter)
Ok, now you've given a bit more information is see your point. — I have been tempted to use SSD drive before; but cost is one current concern; and secondly I am not entirely sure of Mac OS X TRIM support for SSD drives.
Keeping the user's home library on the SSD makes sense as other libraries such as music, and images can exist on a second drive.
The other potential use I've found for SSDs are as scratch disks for Photoshop and other programs that support use of a hard drive in this manner.