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Terry Flaxton
Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?
on Jan 29, 2020 at 10:18:36 am

That's my question really: "Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?" So I've just updated my drive on a 5.1 tower to take Mojave but it stuck me that if the deal is supposed to be that Final Cut can now really work with APFS - is that true also for the storage media?

I have an OWC SSD in a pcie slot running the boot up and that's about 600mp read and write - but the new 4TB OWC also in a pcie slot will run about 2500 mb (it's 4 'discs' raided together).

I've noticed by formatting and doing speed tests that APFS is not as fast on a clean disc as mac journaled and drops about 50 mb... But it's not just about read and write speed is it for Mojave - it's about manipulation in FCP - or is that about a different thing in the processors?

Anyway - that's my question should my new storage be APFS for best use on Mojave and beyond to catalina if I then take that card out and use it in a Catalina based new mac?

Made my first video in 1976, A long term programme maker, DP, editing etc - changing with AR/VR/MR media -


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Joe Marler
Re: Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?
on Jan 29, 2020 at 1:00:46 pm

This was recently discussed in detail on the Mac Geek Gab podcast by the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner, Mike Bombich.

At 45 min into the podcast he discusses:

- APFS has some nice features like snapshots and file cloning. If you want that use APFS.
- If you want multiple volumes on a disk which can be flexibly re-sized, use APFS.
- There are still some periodic reports of APFS reliability and corruption issues.
- Only Disk Utility can repair APFS, no 3rd party utilities will work.
- For rotational disks, maybe stay with HFS+ a while longer.
- For rotational disks with significant performance requirements, esp. file enumeration, definitely stay with HFS+. IOW lots of files, browsing through and searching those with Finder. APFS does not perform nearly as well on rotational media as HFS+ does.

https://www.macobserver.com/podcasts/macgeekgab-796/


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Terry Flaxton
Re: Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?
on Jan 29, 2020 at 6:46:51 pm

Thanks for the info....!

Made my first video in 1976, A long term programme maker, DP, editing etc - changing with AR/VR/MR media -


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?
on Jan 29, 2020 at 11:45:49 pm

Here's a write up of it:

https://bombich.com/blog/2019/09/12/analysis-apfs-enumeration-performance-o...


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Terry Flaxton
Re: Should new raids be formatted with AFPS to take advantage of Mojave and beyond?
on Jan 30, 2020 at 8:54:40 am

Well that's pretty bad news - one solution would be create a mojave or catalina boot volume on a small and therefore less expensive disk and then don't use it for anything else (which is what I'm doing at the moment). I bought an accelsior 4m2 which will do 6000 mb (apparently) in a new mac but only 1300 mb on my 5.1 tower but I'm using that for an FCP library and not using AFPS. I sought to extend the life of my old tower as it's served well but I guess I have to go for the new mac eventually.

I spoke to mac and they're calling it an obsolete machine... Steve Jobs will be rotating in his grave.

Anyone want to buy a mercedes droptop sports, a set of early DC comics including number one of daredevil and a Rickenbacker 4001 stereo bass from 1972? Outside the USA the kind of mac I need will amount to about $20k minimum (I run a lo tof 4k in layers). I'm now a stand alone maker of art with 40 years in the industry behind me - keeping up is getting harder ☺

Thanks for answering.

Made my first video in 1976, A long term programme maker, DP, editing etc - changing with AR/VR/MR media -


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