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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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So I just got a new Mac Pro (new to me anyways) and I'm setting up my drives. I have ordered an SSD for a boot drive, and I have 2 x 2TB WD green drives already laying around. I also have a 1TB Hitachi (very fast) and a 400GB WD that came with the mac pro, not sure of its performance.

Can you guys share your drive setups, I'm curious. Obviosly the SSD will be boot/applications drive. I was thinking the 2x2TB would be a raid mirror for "documents/content". Should I put the fourth drive as a time machine for the SSD? I also have a Lacie 2Big 2TB drive currently in mirror mode (so 1TB usable).

Here is my thoughts:
Disk 1: Boot - SSD (60GB OWC Mercury Extreme)
Disk 2: Content - 2TB
Disk 3: Content Mirror - 2TB
Disk 4: ?? 1TB boot drive Time Machine ?? or ?? 400GB boot drive Time Machine ?? or 1 TB additional storage ??

I could also move my content off my Lacie mirror and then turn the lacie into an addition 2TB external device...

What are your storage strategies? backups as well as redundancies...

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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #2
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Mac Pro: 1TB Seagate Barracuda with system, software, loose images, etc., in the case, backed up regularly to an identical drive in the case via SuperDuper. 74GB WD Raptor as scratch drive also in the case.

External eSata: 500GB Seagate Barracuda holding all studio images, backed up to another identical drive in another case. Two 1TB Seagate Barracudas as archive drives, also backed up to identical drives.

Loose hard drives (backed up via Vantec dock): All internal & eSata backed up to loose drives & kept off site.

Summary: Have three copies of everything at any given time, two on location, one offsite. Same for laptop, triple redundancy. Offsite HD's are updated weekly to monthly, depending on mods to originals.
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 10:16 AM   #4
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I have 4 drives in my Mac Pro. Primary 1TB Hitachi boot drive (applications and data), 1TB Hitachi backup (SuperDuper nightly clone), 1TB Hitachi backup (SuperDuper weekly clone) and 1TB WD backup (TimeMachine)

I also have several external drives with various backups and one that has a large music collection that at the moment is not part of my already extensive iTunes library (too big to put all of it there and I haven't had time to edit it!).
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