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    3 hard drives, audio recording, HELP

    My mother board supports 2 SATA inputs and 2 IDE ATA inputs.

    I have a 120 gig SATA drive, 300gig SATA drive and a 250 IDE ATA drive.

    I want to use on drive for WIndows XP and host applications
    I want to use another driver for my sample libraries'
    I want to use the third drive for my audio recording projects (Saved projects)

    If you were me, what would you assign to each drive for maximum performance?

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    120GB SATA - Main OS and Applications
    300GB SATA - Sample libraries
    250GB IDE - Audio and project files + supplementary sample library drive

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    HI,
    ALWAYS an IDE OS drive.
    250 ide as OS partition 40/210 use the 210 for storage
    120 for audio
    300 for samples

    Scott
    ADK

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    how much audio work do you do?

    Do you have a DVD burner?

    after you're done a project do you back-up a second time with a DVD?

    These could influence how much space you need for your audio and how much for storage.
    Steve Hanlon, guitarist/composer
    Logic 7, PowerMac DP 2.0 (8- RAM slot model), 4GB RAM, OS 10.4.11
    UAD-1 Ultra Pak
    Lots of V.I. and sound effects
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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    Quote Originally Posted by Jcschild
    HI,
    ALWAYS an IDE OS drive.
    250 ide as OS partition 40/210 use the 210 for storage
    120 for audio
    300 for samples

    Scott
    ADK
    I use an SATA drive for my primary OS and apps drive without issue...not sure where your logic is coming from...?

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    HI,
    my logic comes from building over 1000 computers a yr for Pro audio and Pro video.

    that work for you?

    i can point you to numerous posts of problems with Sata OS.
    the biggest one for me is, Acronis dont like it. nor does Ghost.

    Scott
    ADK

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    It wasn't mean to give offense. I'm looking for actual information and evidence. If there really are ongoing issues, perhaps I should swap my OS to my IDE drive and my data to the SATA. I haven't had issues thus far, but who knows what I may enounter in the future.

    Any info you can post is appreciated.

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    HI,
    as stated backup software has issues with it.
    i am very fond of making image disks of the OS for quick recovery.

    for a noob, loading the OS can be a huge pain with Sata.
    impossible for some.

    many boards have only 2 Sata ports why would you give one up to your OS?

    another issue is many boards have 2 native Sata ports, and 2 3rd party EG SI or Promise chip sets. these are KNOWN to cause pops clicks for Audio.
    most always fine for sample drives.

    so if you need to RAID a pair od Sata your hosed, again you used a valuable sata port.

    there are several other reasons but enought for now

    Scott
    ADK

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    Okay, I am back and weary from my long journey.... I searched many a forum about this issue... and I come back to you with the wisdom and fruits of my labors...... and the overall response was:

    ....as long as your hard drives are running 7200 rpm, there is no actual, practical difference in speed for your audio recording whether you are using SATA or regular IDE ATA 100/133. However, if using IDE ATA do not use a master/slave setup! Keep your IDE hard drive on Primary IDE slot 1 and DVD, CD, etc on its seprate IDE slot.

    So, in light of that, I kept my Windows on SATA drive C: And I installed a new SATA 300 gig for my samples and installed a 250 gig IDE ATA (Primary IDE slot) for my audio projects. In a few weeks I should have an understanding if this works well on my setup!

    - Happy holidays everyone!

    - Steve

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    Re: 3 hard drives, audio recording, U TELL ME

    I would have gone with Scott's advise, for the reasons he gave , AND .....One thing he did not mention is the fact that you have the need for speed when dealing with samples, and when dealing with Audio ....Grant it 250 mb is pretty large for OS and application programs, but the IDE chanel,and the IDE speed is good for this kind of thing ....I'm running SATA on everything in my computer now, but my next computer , I will put the OS and applications on an IDE buss and setup the SATA for audio and samples.... It's your call ...Just a few opinions .... Jim

    Scott,
    I went thru some problems with my computer a while back that I would like to discuss with you .... I'd like to hear your comments on Raid controllers, IDE buss, and SATA buss .... What you like to put where , and why ....Thanks for your time, and your expertise .....Sincerely, Jim

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