Lightroom Performance Advantage on MacPro: Separate or Partitioned SSD's?

Started Apr 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jacques Cornell
Jacques Cornell Veteran Member • Posts: 9,454
Re: SSD for performance, partition for backup

noirdesir wrote:

Majikthize wrote:

There is a non-speed advantage to partitioning, though, and that is that you can easily backup your data separately from your OS and apps.

Except for SuperDuper and TM, every backup program can have a folder as source (and destination), you don't need to have your data on separate volumes to set up separate backups.

Yes, of course, you're right that your data folders can easily be backed up regardless. But, TM and bootable clones only work at the volume level.

Putting only OS and apps on a smaller boot volume requires less space for Time Machine and system clones.

But you have to set up backups for every volume separately which is extra work

Not much extra work there. Just add a second destination volume to TM prefs, and tell your cloning app of choice to copy one volume to another. Well worth it if your OS or boot drive goes south and you need to boot from a clone to troubleshoot. I also like to keep a clone of my old OS for a while after I upgrade to a new version, in case any bugs appear and I need to revert.

And, putting libraries or catalogs on their own volume makes it easy to have multiple backups.

Again not needed except for TM and essentially SuperDuper.

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