December 9th, 2006

distributed postmodern agitprop

An update 33 months in the making

I'm getting a remarkable sense of deja vu here, so I'm going to give in and copy and paste, correcting where appropriate:

Just bought Last month, I bought myself my first new piece of computer hardware in a while: A brand new external hard drive. Went to Fry's Best Buy and picked it up piecemeal; an $80 case and (after rebate) a $110 Hitachi drive grabbed one of their Seagate external USB drives on sale for $80. Two hundred One hundred sixty gigabytes. ...

Incidentally, Mac OSX's Disk Utility is the most moronic piece of shit ever. Oh, wait, excuse me, that's not being quite fair. It is, in fact, a MORONIC PIECE OF SHIT.

I didn't have time to set up my new toy last month, what with BaMoTtuStoTTwo and all, but now I'm trying to get it set up ... and remembering how inexplicably shitty Apple's partitioning tools are. Naturally, it's been long enough that I don't recall what workaround I found to make my old partitions.

Of course, it has been over two years. Maybe the software has gotten better? ... Um, no. Or maybe someone else has had this same problem and posted about it on the Internets? ... Not really; all of the Mac users who are partitioning drives are trying to do something exotic like mix Windows/Unix/Mac drives on a single disk.


Happily, I can report that there is a very simple trick that removes all of the frustration from basic Macintosh drive partitioning. Collapse )

Incidentally, one of the reasons I want to partition my drive is that different types of data do better on different physical disk positions. As you move from the front of the disk to the back, you move from the edge of the platter to its center. So having a "scratch" partition first for heavily accessed space (such as temporary Photoshop files, or virtual memory) will give you better access speed (a single rotation of the drive platter passes more data under the read head). Putting large media files in the outer portions of the disk, again, gives you better access speed. Whereas your documents should be placed near the end, near the center of the drive; in case of catastrophic disk failure (a head crash or dropping it on the ground), you'll have better chances of retrieving the important things.