Hello everyone!, this friday I will have my new mac mini server with me. My question is relating its 2 hard drives;how should I manage data? Should I install the OS in both of them? what should I place in the second hard drive? I know having a separate hard drive for your audio utilizations is better, but how? I mean, should I place plugins, daws, samples,etc. or what in it? Thanks!
Drive 1 - Put the OS, all applications, plug-ins etc
Drive 2 - All media, so projects, samples, audio content etc.
The basic rule is that the operating system and applications should be on a drive together and you shouldn't put any media on that drive. S all projects, samples etc on the second and subsequent drives.
Hope that helps,
Depends what you're using it for?
if working to video I would split it
Drive 1 - OS/apps & video
Drive 2 - all audio
this way if say you're running a big session & working to picture, the data throughput/workload when you hit play is spread between drives... works for me (my assistants PT10 station is mac mini server quad with 2 internal drives)
But if you aren't working to picture/video then you'd reassess what demands are being put on the drives for real time playback.... eg streaming sample libraries vs audio tracks
FWIW I have always run QTs (720p or 1080p PhotoJPG) off the same drive as the OS & apps
Just to echo, here's my desktop rig:
Drive 1 (120GB SSD) - OS, Applications, Plugins
Drive 2 (1.5 TB) - Personal documents, music, videos, client information
Drive 3 (1 TB) - Pro Tools Audio only
Drive 4 (1 TB) - Video for Pro Tools only (all in DV25 format, using DVCPRO codec)
Drive 5 (1 TB) - Sound FX Library (all linked to SoundMiner)
I also have another drive I use for Final Cut capture scratch...
For a mini, I'd look at putting your OS and apps on the main drive and putting all PT audio on the other one. Then I'd really suggest looking into separate drives later to run your video files and maybe a sound fx library, if you do post work.
As to why you should separate your OS/Apps and audio drive, it's mainly due to read/write speed and disk seek time. Your hard drives can only read data from one physical location at a time (less the case with SSD), so if everything is on one drive your computer will have a harder time jumping back and forth on disk reading data for apps and OS processes while also trying to stream audio. Separating out audio to another disk means the computer can handle audio from one HD (which takes a good deal of HD resources) while apps and OS related data can be read from the other without tying up audio read/write.
Of course CPU and RAM will also limit overall performance, but this will help avoid your HD being the weak link. Best to make sure your audio scratch drive is also as fast as possible, i.e. 7200 rpm, with a decent cache size.
The secondary reason as most people are aware is that audio of course takes up lots of disk space, so a dedicated drive will afford you as much storage room as possible.