View Full Version : Best combinaison with 2 drives?

08-29-2006, 08:41 AM
I know this subject sounds similar, but after having read F.A.Q. and threads concerning optimisation, I couldn't find a clear answer. (maybe cause of my language barrier, I'm not english fluent, so sorry for the mistakes I could make).

I'd like to optimise my config.
G4 AGP 400 @ 1.2 gHz
1.5 GB RAM
Seritek 1S/2
Raptor 74 GB WD740ADFD with 16 MB cache
Maxtor DM10 200 GB 6B200M0 with 8 MB cache

I'm using Photoshop and QuarkXpress.

To sum up, I've read, I should put :
Boot drive on a fast disk.
Photoshop scratch disk on a fast and dedicated drive.
/Users on a second drive.

What should I do?

Boot disk on Raptor
/Users on Maxtor as a second drive.
Photoshop scratch disk on boot drive


Boot disk on Raptor
/Users on Maxtor as a second drive, 2nd partition.
Photoshop scratch disk on Maxtor, 1st partition

or something else?

Advice is welcome!

08-29-2006, 09:35 AM
There is a pdf tutorial on Photoshop performance in this forum (sticky) that should help. I think there are a couple of things to look into.

$175 for boot drive.
$120 for 2nd drive.
$65+ for controller.

G4 400 (Yikes PCI video, or AGP). Came out in late 1999. Very cpu and bus bandwidth limited.

Normally in older systems PS scratch would be a dedicated SCSI RAID of 4-8 drives offering up to 200MB/sec. So figure on two external drives in RAID 0 for scratch.

I would look into a 4-channel (2 internal and 2 external) Serial ATA card. Or a G5 ($1600 for 2GHz) or what I did, Mac Pro 2GHx (x 4) for $2200.

08-29-2006, 09:43 AM
Hi TZ,
I've read the PDF tutorial.
The thing is I don't want to spend money on this Mac anymore because I've planned to change it at the end of the year.

I know the G4 AGP has a limited bus (FSB 100 even if I've replaced it with a Gigadesigns 1.2 Ghz).

I was wondering which would be the best configuration with my config.
I already have the Raptor and Maxtor and Seritek 1/s2 controller.