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Partitioning Flash Drive 30 Nov 2014 02:03 #56658

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I realize this forum is for FCP but since I bought my refurbished MBP for using FCP,
I thought I would ask.

I just got my refurbished MBP, my first Apple computer,

I have 512 G(500) of flash storage but plan to use external HD to store my video files for FCP.

1. Does anyone partition their harddrive? (like I used to do in Windows)

ex) C, D, E drives to keep applications, data, backups separate.
I guess the main reason for doing this was I only had to re-install the OS to C drive when when reinstalling. Wondering how it works in MAC.

FYI, I've never installed anything on a MAC so I don't even know I can decide "which" drive an app gets installed.

2. Does anyone use Bootcamp or VMWare to use Windows?

2. I have Mavericks now, and heard latest Yosemite was buggy.
Staying w/ Mavericks should be fine for using FCP, correct?

Thanks so much

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Partitioning Flash Drive 30 Nov 2014 03:00 #56659

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Yosemite runs fine. Partitioning drives, even in Windows, simply slows your system down. If something goes wrong with the drive, all partitions are toasted. Partitioning is not a replacement for proper backups. Get an external drive for your FCPX Libraries and media, don't partition your system drive (it's too small for that anyway), get a second external drive to backup both your system and media drives.

1. No, unless you need different versions of an OS, or different OS's.
2. I've used both, really like the latest Parallels Desktop for Mac. Best for this purpose IMHO.
3. I'm using Yosemite with latest versions of all my apps, no issues here. The first release was buggy, but there's been an update since, and it's mostly pretty stable.

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