Very nerdy.

Few weeks ago I realized my internal hard drive had only 25% storage space available. I could have made it through the year with ‘just’ 250GBs of free space but I wanted to a solution. Not just a short term solution but I wanted to set a new course for my data mangement, back ups, etc.

Here’s a quick look at an incredibly nerdy topic.

Two years ago I was running my studio soley off of a 15” MacBook Pro with an external monitor and a few external hard drives. This wasn’t how I wanted things set up. Last year I made the much needed investment into a Mac Pro.

2010

Mac Pro - 3.33ghz 6 core Xeon , 12GB of RAM

Internal Drive Bays

#1: 1 TB 7200

#2: Empty

#3: Empty

#4: Empty

External HDs

Lacie d2 Quadra Drives, connected by eSATA + FW800, racked

#1: 1 TB 7200 (Aperture Photo Library Vault)

#2: 1 TB 7200 (Aperture Photo Library Vault)

#3: 1 TB 7200 (SuperDuper Clone of Internal HD)

#4: 1 TB 7200 (Time Machine Back Up)

Two complete copies of my computer, and four copies of my photo library. This was nice, simple setup, with fairly strong data redundancy.

This worked prefectly until I realized my photo library was approaching 500GB. Large grey bar being my entire DLSR library, purple section being 3 days of shooting medium format digital. (Yikes)

I asked a few people, did my research and purchased an internal Western Digital 2TB “Black” drive. This drive is fast, reliable, and should serve it’s purpose well. More importantly is the roadmap I’ve laid out for the near future.

2011+ Plan

Mac Pro - 3.33ghz 6 core Xeon, *16GB of RAM, upgraded as well*

Internal Drive Bays

#1: 1 TB 7200 (Apps+User accounts only, 750GB free, Poor Man’s SSD)

#2: 2 TB WD “Black” 7200 (Sole purpose is to host Aperture Photo Library)

#3: Empty (Future: 2 TB WD “Black” 7200 or Higher - Purpose: Aperture Photo Library Vault)

#4: Empty (Future: 2 TB WD “Black” 7200 or Higher - Purpose: Aperture Photo Library Vault)

External HDs

Lacie d2 Quadra Drives, connected by eSATA + FW800, racked

#1: 1 TB 7200 (Aperture Photo Library Vault)

#2: 1 TB 7200 (Aperture Photo Library Vault)

#3: 1 TB 7200 (SuperDuper Clone of Internal HD)

#4: 1 TB 7200 (Time Machine Back Up)

Notes:

Internal bays will be used before replacing any external drives. It’d be nice to get that little extra desk space back.

Current external HDs will continue to serve their purposes for another year or two. I’ll swap them out with higher capacity Lacie drives as needed.

And yes, eventually, when the price of SSD’s become remotely sane I’ll use one as a boot drive.

Visuals from DaisyDisk.app and the “About This Mac” in OS X Lion.