Is there a native/third-party utility (or native trick) to move large, frequently-used files closer to the center of the disk?
I was under the impression that the OS tried to automatically optimize frequently used files to be closer on the center of the disk, but I don't know how "frequent" is "frequent enough" and would like to force an entire project directory to be moved closer on disk.
The reason: I'm using Logic Pro for several projects, but on one particular project, I keep tapping out the Disk Activity (as evidenced by "System Overload" messages from Logic and spikes in the Disk Activity view of Activity Monitor).
I've seen some users of Logic and Final Cut have performance improvements after a defrag (using iDefrag), but was wondering if there were any other options other than a forced defrag.
Suggestion: Could copying the entire project directory to an external drive, rewriting it to the local disk as a single I/O operation, and then waiting for the file system to index/optimize it help? Or would that reset the access "frequency" and actually hurt?
Specs of machine in question:
- OS X 10.7.4
- 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200
- 2.66 GHz i7 MacBook Pro
- 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3