My High Def Life: Deciding to Partition

by Erica Sadun

I have until now dedicated my Mac Mini to a WinXP partition (via BootCamp) and another partition to test out a certain nonstandard version of OS X, of which I cannot say more due to nondisclosure and Apple's Men in Black. Having decided to use the Mini for all my High Def experimentation with EyeTV, etc, it's been a bit of a pain using this configuration. I haven't been able to upgrade to the latest version of EyeTV because it goes crashy crashy under the nonstandard OS, and previous EyeTV versions which are more stable will not export video from the program itself.

More after the jump...


2007-02-01 14:13:23
> "when you do a lot of video recording... you quickly defragment your disk."

You mean "fragment"?

Thanks for this series, by the way: it's been very interesting to read about all the details of actually doing this mythical "media center" thing that lots of people seem to think they want, but very few actually bother doing.

Erica Sadun
2007-02-01 15:50:00
PaulDWaite: er, yes. "Fragment".


Richard Neal
2007-02-01 16:02:57
It's fine to say you're running a developer build of Leopard, and it's not like there's any other "nonstandard" build of OS X, unless you're referring to a 10.4.9 developer seed.
Erica Sadun
2007-02-01 16:07:22
Richard: I'm not referring to a 10.4.9 developer seed. I do suffer from a severe case of lawyerphobia and ceaseanddesistavoidance.
Doug Ransom
2007-02-02 05:24:51
I thought OSX was supposed to not need defragging, or defrag itself on occasion?
Adam Ek
2007-02-02 05:47:18
I would have done 4 partitions. One of them just for your video files. If you record for too long and fill up your video partition, oops you stop recording when it's full. If you fill up your OS partition OS X starts having problems.

P.S. Have you tried VisualHub for any of your video conversion problems?