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léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

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 9 (50,716 points)

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

     

    Allan

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    You do not want case sensitive.

    Thanks a lot for the speedy response, Allen,

    I never missedcase sensitive, but I keep wondering why it is an option?

  • Keith Barkley Level 5 (6,040 points)

    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 (37,545 points)

    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

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    Thanks, Keith,

    where you want myphoto and MYPHOTO to refer to different photos

    I certainly do - our family has a happy mixture of Linux- and Mac machines, and I frequently have to import Unix-files, and sometimes I need to work at Linux workstations.

     

    Is there any risk involved, if I migrate my data from a Time Machine backup on a HFS+ of MacOS Extended (Journaled, not case sensitive) created from a HFS+ of MacOS Extended (Journaled) volume to a case sensitive volume?

     

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    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.

    That is an interesting thought, Ernie - it would make life easier and leave some space on the SSD for my current GarageBand and iMovie projects. I'd like to go for that, but so far all statements I read here said "keep the Aperture Library on the fastest volume". Can anybody please confirm Ernie's observation?

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    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

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    I think any internal drive is plenty fast enough.  You then wind up with a split. 

    that perfectly makes sense, thank you!

     

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    ouch! that "Solved" tag I just posted was meant for your post - not for mine! And I am pretty sure I pressed the button below your post -- 

     

    Since there is no way to retract that - thank you very very much!

    Léonie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

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

     

    Ernie

  • léonie Level 10 (90,886 points)

    But I found it to be the most intriguing answer - I like the unexpected.

     

    Cheers

    Léonie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    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 (6,040 points)

    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 (25,722 points)

    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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