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Igor Cumzik
Macbook Retina Setup…
on Nov 14, 2016 at 10:21:57 pm

With my old macbook pro 2011 (i7 2ghz, 8gb ram), I had the following setup
1: 250gb SSD for OS, Apps and Cache
2: 500gb HDD for Source files
3: Three USB 2.0 hard drives for TM backups (both SSD and HDD)

Now I got this "new" Macbook retina mid 2012:
- i7 2,6ghz
- 16gb ram
- 512 internal ssd
- gt 650m
- two thunderbolt 1 ports
- two usb 3.0 ports

My first thought was, what to do with only one internal drive? From experience, my first thought was, that it will get cluttered very soon. With the performance, I am more than happy, render time roughly doubled.
Concerning my workflow, is there anything that speaks against using this one internal drive for everything from os to preview files? I would continue to use my usb 2.0 hard drives for TM backups. I read that SSD should never be used for cache files, then again, in the same thread, someone said the opposite…

I am working in stop motion (more and more motion design), composing the still images in AE. An average project takes up to 5gb, many not even 1gb (still images <10mb each). At times, I edit very short clips <5min (1080p), biggest files are somewhere around 2-3gb.

What would you go for, if you were at my place?
In case I would go for an external solution (media, cache, preview), would that be a good way to start?
My budget is very tight (just finished uni).

Thanks a lot in advance.

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