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    Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    I have just received a dedicated PC computer for recording. It has one 80 GB hard drive and one 120 GB hard drive. I am going to use Cubase SX3, Kontakt 2, virtual instruments, Waves Gold bundle.

    I would like to start out right on the computer as far a loading programs on the right drive. Any help on what I should load on what drive would be appreciated. Dave
    David C. Deal, Ph.D.
    http://www.mixposure.com/song.php?songid=16965
    Pentium 3.0 Ghz, Cubase SX3, Kontact 2, Motu 2488, Korg Trinity, OW1 and "stuff"

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    I'm no expert but i would dedicate the 80 gig drive as your system drive. I would have the OS and alll the apps and related files here. The larger drive I would use as my "audio" drive and here I would put all my sound files and sample libraries etc. When you can afford to do so I would recommend another drive to be dedicated to backup.
    JP

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    Thanks JP. Unless I hear differently, that is what I will do.
    David C. Deal, Ph.D.
    http://www.mixposure.com/song.php?songid=16965
    Pentium 3.0 Ghz, Cubase SX3, Kontact 2, Motu 2488, Korg Trinity, OW1 and "stuff"

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    drde - I am a newbie on the forum, too. But I have some experience in hard drives. One important issue is the latency of the drive. Too high, and you will start dropping out on recording and sampling.

    Latency of the drive is determined by 3 things (well. more than 3, but these matter most in audio):
    1) head seek time: a good audio drive should be in the 8 to 10 ms range
    2) drive control type: SATA is good; External Firewire is good; SATA RAID 0 is great; IDE and SCSI are pretty old these days, and not as good.
    3) how much other "stuff" is happening on that drive. It should be reserved for audio I/O only, no programs, O/S, swap space, etc.

    I bought an external Firewire drive, from Rocstor, which has nice speed, and is very easy to install, but it is _noisy_, so you will want to have it in a closet or something.

    If you are running out of drive headroom, and don't want to spend more money right now, you can always put less stress on it for awhile, by reducing the sampling rate, say down to 44.1kHz.

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    I would go with 3 Hd's ....

    1rst ... OS and Applications, and Effects and Virtual Instruments ...80 gig

    2nd .....Audio / Vocal's ...120 gig works fine

    3rd .....Samples....250 gig works well ....you run out of room fast !!

    2nd and 3rd HD's should be SATA ....There are plenty fast / quiet ones on the market....Check the threads on this forum ..

    1rst one does fine with IDE ..

    Make sure you have a good power supply , and you keep things running COOL

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by synthnut
    3rd .....Samples....250 gig works well ....you run out of room fast !!
    If you run out of a 250 GB sample drive fast, you will run out of money even faster.

    -JF

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    Re: Dual Hard Drive question for relative Newbie

    If you run out of a 250 GB sample drive fast, you will run out of money even faster.

    LOL !!... I guess I should have added ......"if you have the money " ...


    With these group buy's going on, it's hard NOT to spend your money !!... The programs are just getting better and better, and less expensive to buy !!....It's virtually a good time for all of us !!....Jim

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