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    Best Hard Drive Configuration for Audio + Samples?

    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to figure out the best configuration for my hard drive setup - done my research but still not sure which of these 2 options would give the best performance? I use a lot of large samples - omnisphere, bfd2 etc. I have far more midi tracks than audio tracks.

    1st drive - 250gb internal - operating system, applications
    2nd drive - 250gb internal - audio
    3rd drive - 750gb external (lacie 16mb cache 7200 rpm) - all samples

    or

    1st drive - 250gb internal - operating system, applications, audio
    2nd drive - 250gb internal - half samples
    3rd drive - 750gb external (lacie 16mb cache 7200 rpm) - half samples

    As for personal files - music etc. I can put them anywhere really at the end, since they wont be accessed at the same time as audio software.

    Any opinions?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Best Hard Drive Configuration for Audio + Samples?

    First off use the same brand of sata HD.

    1. 250 GB System drive
    2. 250 GB or more Audio
    3. 250 GB or more Samples (multiple)

    Now, something you need to know here in regards to sample libraries.

    Let's say you own 2 libraries such as VSL and EWQLSO
    They need to go on separate drives. If you pack different libraries from different manufacturers on the same drive it slows your sys down.
    Your system reads them differently. You need seek/load speed so start with one library on one drive.

    What O/S are you using and how much RAM?
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    Re: Best Hard Drive Configuration for Audio + Samples?

    I have found that dividing up sample libraries across several drives helps. My current system consists of (all SATA 2):

    300 GB 10,000 RPM Raptor- OS
    1 TB 7,200 RPM- Cubase projects & SFX libs
    1 TB 7,200 RPM- Brass, Pianos, & Percussion
    1 TB 7,200 RPM- Strings, Choirs, Ethnic, & Synth
    300 GB 10,000 RPM Raptor- PLAY libs and video files
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    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






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