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    Question Hard drive setup advice needed please..


    I have a slight dilemma!!
    I recently completed a brand new Core i7 build with the intention of using it mainly as a DAW with Cubase 5. I will also be using if for simulator flying with Flight SimX and some video editing.

    Now, I purchased 3 drives:
    1x WD Velociraptor 300GB and 2 WD Caviar Black 1TB.

    From my previous systems, I have 2 WD Raptor drives. One being the 36GB version, a 74GB version and I also have a Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB which is now installed in the new system.

    Prior to the build, my intention was to partition the Velociraptor into 3-4 sections for the OS (XP Pro SP3), applications, programs and VSTi’s/Samples. My remaining drives would be for storage of completed audio tracks and video files etc.
    However, after reading recommended setups and hard drive install guides on this forum to achieve the best results...

    My question is should I:

    A. Keep the Velociraptor for the OS, programs and applications only??
    (But being the fastest drive in the system I am sure this is not the best solution) Then use the WD Caviar or Samsung F1 for VSTi’s/Samples leaving the remaining drives for storage??

    B. Clone my current install/partition onto one of the old Raptors then use the Velociraptor for VSTi’s/Samples again leaving the remaining drives for storage?

    Or is there another way which may be best?

    Where should I install my Flight SimX and video program after I have dealt with the audio side of things??

    Thanks in advance if you reply to this post.

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    Re: Hard drive setup advice needed please..


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    • shbris's system
      • CPU:
      • Q8200
      • Memory:
      • 8GB
      • Storage:
      • 320GB and 640GB Caviar Blue WD
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    Re: Hard drive setup advice needed please..

    that's alot of drives! alot of options. how about:

    velociraptor: os and applications
    raptor 76GB: page file and samples
    the rest: storage

    -so fast access but slow sustained for page and samples (76G raptor)
    -fast access and fast sustained for appps and os (velociraptor)
    -and general speed for storage (750GB and WD blacks)

    maybe RAID 1 the blacks unless you really need 2.75TB of storage

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