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Tommy Rudman
Re: Mac Pro: Optimal scratch / data disk setup
on Mar 19, 2015 at 12:19:47 pm

Bob -

Far be it from me to insult you - I'm largely uninitiated in all of this so I'm still learning something new every day!

It seems both you and Simon agree that a 480GB SSD for booting is a good idea. So I will invest in this. Simon then links to a relatively expensive but extremely powerful-looking PCi SSD that seems to be a great investment for a scratch disk.

so that comes to a 480GB SSD for booting and a 480GB SSD for use as a scratch disk.

my question then becomes: where does my media storage go?

I have an old computer that I was considering buying HDDs for and converting into a NAS hub. Would this not be smarter than just sticking a bunch of HDDs in the Mac Pro itself? I could move my current 1TB HDD from the Mac Pro into the old computer and buy some new HDDs and set up some kind of RAID in there.

So: could I store my media on a separate 'NAS' device plugged in to an eSATA port on the PCi SSD? I understand that NAS is network-assisted storage, but is there not a benefit in connecting it directly to the PCi SSD? How else would it connect?

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