With all this podcasting I’ve been doing (iTunes link), my G5 tower’s 250GB hard drive is almost full. Perhaps not coincidentally, this ol’ Mac has been rather cranky lately. I remember reading that once the free space on your system drive dips below ten percent of its capacity, OS X starts to exact revenge, crashing randomly and forgetting things. That sure sounds familiar.
Be that as it may, I just ordered a 500GB internal drive to start offloading some of the detritus like audio sample libraries and disk images for DVDs I hope to watch someday.
The last time I installed a secondary drive, I was so awed by its relative size (20 times bigger than my stock Mac drive!) that I partitioned it into five slices. After a while, that just became a hassle.
So this time, I’m wondering: What would you recommend? One partition for a basic system backup and the rest for files? One big partition? Seven little partitions named after short men with pointy hats? Leave a comment and let us know what works for you.
GrandPerspective says, “You’re outta room!”
UPDATE, 2007-03-03: The drive arrived today and, keeping all of your comments in mind, I set it up with just one big partition. Using Grand Perspective, I found that the biggest space-sucker on the old drive was ripped DVDs, so I transferred all of them to the new drive—regaining 95GB in the process! Kinda embarrassing to realize I’m that far behind in my movie-watching.