I'm setting up a new laptop. I will be using it for everything from midi (recorded and composed) to audio hard disk recording to mixing and mastering to CD/DVD creation. It has a single 100 Gigabyte hard disk, there is 1 gigabyte of RAM, and it is running XP Pro. As of now I don't do sample streaming (I'll move the samples to an external drive or a server if I start doing that).
I've put together a partitioning plan based on my own experiences and various comments from this forum. Please take a look and let me know if there is anything that I've missed.
C: -- large partition. Put all the programs on it. This enables valid disk images since putting various programs on various partitions complicates backup and restore.
D: -- Swap file and temp file partition -- lots of disk activity and this isolates the other partitions from any bad sector errors. There is 1 gigabyte of RAM and I plan to fix the swap file at about 2.5 gigabytes. But how big should I make the space for the temp files? And is there anything to be gained by having separte partitions for the swap file and the temp files? (i'm thinking about 10 gigabytes)
E: -- Working files -- audio and midi files that are related to current projects. (10 gigabytes?)
F: -- Project archives and restore points/disk images -- all on one partition.
G: -- Samples -- or should I just put the samples on C: with the programs? I think some of the programs require this. So maybe it is better to be consistent.
W: -- Fix the drive letter for the DVD/CD drive high so that it doesn't fluctuate if I later change the number of partitions. (Don't intend to but who knows what I might do in a future moment of whimsey.)
I'm thinking about 25 G for C:, 10 G for D:, 10 G for E:, 25 G for F: and 25 G for G:. That leaves about 5 G of slack.
I also plan to backup my projects and disk images over my network onto my business system and (if they fit) onto DVD and/or CD.
My palette currently consists of Sonar 3 PE, GPO, RM IV, Albino 2, and Amps and Pickups 1 & 2, Coming soon will be Swar Trax, Bizzare Guitars, and Distorted Reality 2. I'm considering Project 5 and various other tools but there seems to be a lot of headroom.
So is this a reasonable plan?
Thanks for your thoughts