The new Mac Pro (Early 2009 model)

Anyone who’s used Mac OS X knows how quickly the OS starts up and is ready to use. Its stunningly quick. As always though, I’m looking at ways to shave off time and speed things up so I decided without even turning on the new Mac Pro, I was going to install a 300Gb WD VelociRaptor hard drive; what makes this drive special, is that it runs at 10,000rpm compared to the standard 7200rpm drives. This drive takes up one of the four internal bays and will only be used for the OS and applications. I’ve populated the others with larger 1Tb and 1.5Tb drives for storage. With this drive, the computer starts up fully in just over 30 seconds from pushing the power button! Programs start up in seconds!
Years ago I switched from Mac to PC as before Apple went over to Intel chips, the PC platform was quicker (on hardware). Back in those days I used to make my own workstations and would spend days wiring them up perfectly and arranging fans for the perfectly cooled system. So, yes, I admit that I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to interior computer design and set-up. I was already amazed by the first Mac Pro’s innards, but the latest model is a pure work of genius and a work of art. The way the processors and ram are arranged is superb. I upgraded the graphics card to the new Radeon and discovering the retention clamp and release mechanism did leave me speechless! Absolute genius. Ok, I’ll stop this anorak tech talk now!
Although nothing new, MobileMe (or .Mac as it used to be called) still puts a smile on my face when. When you configure a new machine, all you need to do is put in your details and within minutes all your contacts, calendar appointments, Safari bookmarks, Keychains, Mail settings and more are automatically loaded in from the “Cloud” – simple, straight forward and genius!

I’ll be setting this machine up as my main workstation for Aperture and Final Cut Pro. The older Mac Pro will be given over to server and storage duties and I’ve spent a while researching the perfect storage solution for my 350,000 (so far) picture archive, plus videos and sound, as I’d like to retire my PC server; watch this space to find out which company I’ve decided to go with and how I end up setting the system up. I’m also about to start scanning in negatives and transparencies from my 20 year career, so this new storage system is going to play a huge role.

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