iMac question for Nikon D800 files help needed

Started Feb 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
noirdesir Forum Pro • Posts: 13,381
Re: iMac question for Nikon D800 files help needed

John Deerfield wrote:

noirdesir wrote:

Hard drives fail. It's as simple as that. Just because you haven't had a boot drive fail doesn't mean it doesn't happen. In my 12-years of owning Macs,, I do a clean install about once a year. Probably one of the best things I do. But I am not suggesting everyone do this. Just that personal experience, no matter how good or bad, isn't anecdotal for the best way of doing things.

So, yes, there is a marginal case that a boot drive gets used more and is more likely to fail but using two drives instead of one also increases your likelihood that one of will fail.

Marginally. It isn't like we are talking server clusters. In any case, whether your data is on the boot drive or an external drive, data back up is highly recommended.

So, above you claim that (a) hard drives fail and (b) boot drives fail more often and thus it is better to keep all data on separate drives and now you claim the risk of one of two hard drives failing is only marginally larger (or still marginal in total).

And in this case, the internal drive is 5400rpm which is slower. And, using an external drive for your data is going to be faster: one set of read/write heads to run the computer and another to cache data (images).

You said putting image on a boot drive is not recommended. That was an advise regarding boot drives not an advice to avoid putting (any) data on a 5400 rpm drive. And I would rather have a fast drive for my boot volume than for my data volume.

Yes, I did say that and still recommend it. In this case the boot drive and the 5400 rpm drive are one and the same so I didn't feel I needed to make any distinction. Between a 5400 rpm drive and a 7200 rpm as a boot drive, there isn't a great deal of real world difference. Now if you want to go the route of a SSD or RAID set up, that would make a difference. But by that same token, a RAID hard drive set up for data would be faster as well. As I said, for me right now, hard drive speed is my largest bottleneck with D600 files. These files are huge in Photoshop and saving a layer 16-bit file takes some time.

Again, you are changing the subject to something uncontroversial (where I have to agree with you) to distract from the fact that your arguments on avoiding to put user data on the boot drive aren't so convincing.

I have never used MA so I can't comment. I have purchased several new computers over the years and the only thing I do is install the apps and plug in my hard drive tower with my data on it. Done.

Well, then your approach requires much more time than keeping the user data and running MA. How long will it take you to install about 300 applications (my average for quite a while already)? How long does it take you to set all user settings to your previous state?

Clutter? Laptops? Extra backup routines to set up? If your user account is still on boot drive, you will have to distribute data manually between the two drives when the boot drive fills up.

The G-Tech I linked to hardly qualifies as clutter & can be used on a laptop. I have no idea why using an external drive would result in "extra" back up routines. Unless you mean having a clone of your boot drive and a back up drive of your data.

That is setting up two backups instead of one, and it either means buying two hard drives or partitioning one.

I can slip another drive in and have my apps installed in a matter of hours

And I can slip in another drive, install the OS and then let MA run unattended until it is done instead of spending hours installing applications.

And I have no idea what you are saying about distributing my data manually between two drives. Especially if I am using an external drive: my data simply goes there and only there (plus a back up).

Well, you obviously didn't read my question properly, otherwise you might have answered it and would know what I meant with distributing data.

So, in simple terms: On which drive is your user account folder?

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