2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2011 8:35 AM by sfandtheworld
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Best setup for iMac with SSD and HDD? Best location of scratch & home folders?

iMac 2.93 GHz Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD

There is not much info from Apple about the best way to set up an iMac with a Hard Drive and Solid state drive. I’ve looked at a few of the forum posts across the web and came up with a plan and lots of questions. (I do use photoshop frequently, but not on a professional level):

1. I will keep OS and Applications on SSD
2. About moving the home folder: I saw some posts about moving the whole home folder, but it makes more sense to me to only move selected fodlers withing the home folder tomake the best use of the SSD. So will keep the home folder on SSD, but move certain folders (document /music/iphoto/download) to 1 TB HDD via instructions I found on the macintoshperformanceguide website:
sudo cp -r Documents /Volumes/Master
sudo rm -rf Documents
sudo ln -s /Volumes/Master/Documents Documents

3. I would like to get 8 more RAM when I can afford it
4. I will attach an external hard drive for most of my documents and backup storage
5. Now here is where I’m not sure what’s best:
a. Should I partition my internal 1 TB hard drive and use the first partition as a scratch disc for photoshop and other applications? How much should I partition? Is there any benefit to this if the rive is partitioned?
b. Should I use an external drive as a scratch disc?
c. Any advice on a good 1-2 TB external drive?
d. Should I just leave things in factory settings?

Don't assume I know the basics - I got all the above just by searching around. Any advice and commentary is appreciatedThanks.

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imac, iMac 2.93 GHz Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD