Mac Thread, min drive capacity ? in Technical; I have a 74gb WD raptor - was just wondering if that would be enough space / capacity to install ...
7th March 2009, 08:58 AM #1
min drive capacity ?
I have a 74gb WD raptor - was just wondering if that would be enough space / capacity to install and use mainly as the boot drive and also for the apps ( unless someone knows how to make the apps folder go onto a seperate drive ? )
If its not would a 150gb raptor work with the mac pro ( early 2008 model )
IDG Tech News
7th March 2009, 07:42 PM #2
Just about any make/model SATA drive should work in a MacPro. Deciding on the size is a slightly harder question to answer? Any drive being used for the System requires as a general rule of thumb approx 10-15% of free space. If you're going to install some hefty applications such as Adobe's CS suite that would realistically rule out the smaller drive. You're kinda pushing it a bit with the 150GB as well. To be honest in a MacPro I would start with a 250GB and work your way upwards.
You do get a location choice when installing most applications. Some you can even run from a non-system drive. Again if its one of the meatier applications such as Adobe's CS suite it would be better ran from the boot drive. Years ago you could run just about any application from the non-boot drive. When OSX came along I stopped doing it so it's been some time since I tried it. Why don't you have a go and report back?
Simply copying the application once it has been installed should be enough? For it to be a true test delete it from the boot drive first before launching it.
Antonio Rocco (ACSA)
7th March 2009, 07:46 PM #3
gotta wait to get another hard drive thats at least 500gb + before I can report back.
I was going to re direct the home area to the larger hard drive and use the 74 gb raptor I have as the boot / apps drive.
When I do get around to it I will post back and thanks for the help.
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