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    Cool DAW Harddrive configuration question

    Hello All:

    I am brand new to this forum, so bear with me Thanx.

    The question I have is, what is an optimal DAW configuration for harddrive set up.

    My current system
    Antex Tower case with a Thermaltake 480 Watt PS
    Motherboard ASUS P4P800 Deluxe with Intel 2.8E processor
    2 GB of Geil PC3200 Ram running dual channel.
    TDK CDRW (Will up-grade to Plextor soon)
    Radeon Video card 7500 series
    Terratec EWS88MD Sound card
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - Operating System drive
    Seagate 7200rpm 80 GB (8MB cache) IDE HD - Samples library drive.
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB Removable IDE HD - for Backups
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro - Tweaked for Music.
    I run Cubase SX 2.0, along with GPO, EW Bosendorfer 290, EWQL Silver, and I just ordered the EWQL Gold. I also use Soundforge with CD Architect.

    Here is my Problem: Sample drive cannot keep up with the disk streaming.

    I just ordered 2 WD 74 GB Raptors, and here is my question on optimal disk configuration

    Option 1:
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - OS and all software
    2 WD 74 GB Raptors in RAID 0, - For Samples
    Seagate 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - backup

    Option 2:
    1 WD 74 GB Raptor for OS and all software
    1 WD 74 GB Raptor for samples
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD for backup

    Option 3:
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - OS and all software
    1 WD 74 GB Raptor for part of the sample libraries
    1 WD 74 GB Raptor for part of other sample libraries
    Seagate7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD for backup

    Does anyone know which configuration would give better performance, or is there a better option that I did not mention above, and also another question is that Where should I same the audio and Cubase working files, should I save it in my opertation system drive, or my samples drive or should I save in onto a totally seperate drive so there might be another option

    Option 4:
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - OS and all software
    2 WD 74 GB Raptors in RAID 0, - For Samples only
    Western Digital 7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD - Audio and working files
    Seagate7200rpm 80 GB IDE HD for backup

    I have a total of 3 IDE's and 2 SATA raptor drives


    If anybody can shed some light on this I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks

  2. #2

    Re: DAW Harddrive configuration question

    I'd use the 2 Raptors in Raid 0 for samples and 2 of your 3 drives in Raid 1 (mirror) for system/programs etc. The remaining drive could be used for your Audio work files
    This is the specs of the DAW I just put together for GS3...

    P4 3.2 Northwood
    Asus P4C800-E deluxe (V1016)
    RME HDSP 9632 (2.81)
    RME AO4S-192
    Corsair TwinX2048-3200 (2gig) @2.5-3-3-8
    Asus V9520 FX 5200
    2x Raptor 74GB 10k in Raid 0 (piano samples)
    2x WD 80 GB 7200 (Sata) in Raid 1 (system/mirror)
    Pioneer 107D DVD-RW
    Antec Sonata with extra 120mm fan
    Sonar v3 PE
    Adobe Audition 1.5
    GS3 (soon!)

    Good luck and welcome to the forum
    Mal

  3. #3

    Re: DAW Harddrive configuration question

    Thanks Mal7 for your immediate response.

    Very useful information, I never considered RAID 1, since I though may slow down the system, because its trying to write to both the drives simultaneously (The regular OS drive and the mirrored one) or so I think. But I will look into it more.

    I will use your advise on the set up.

    Thanks.

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