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    Question Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    Hello.

    I have just received GS3 Orchestra upgrade and want to install it. Hopefully some kind soul will assist. (I have been using GigaStudio 96 successfuly with my system). Although I have been using GigaStudio 96, a friend of mine installed it and set it up for me, so I do need your help.

    My computer configuration is


    Memory: 1279 Mbytes
    1 - CPU: 2143 MHz, AuthenticAMD (CPU ID 6a0)
    OS: Windows Xp v5.1.2600

    Drives:
    A:\ - DRIVE_REMOVABLE
    C:\ - DRIVE_FIXED 186.307 Gbytes (Total Size), 161.1001 Gbytes (Avail space)
    D:\ - DRIVE_FIXED 29.285 Gbytes (Total Size), 28.38 Gbytes (Avail space)
    E:\ - DRIVE_FIXED 37.282 Gbytes (Total Size), 5.233 Gbytes (Avail space)
    F:\ - DRIVE_FIXED 45.240 Gbytes (Total Size), 43.585 Gbytes (Avail space)
    G:\ - DRIVE_CDROM
    H:\ - DRIVE_CDROM

    I physically have 3 hard drives and one has 2 partitions.
    The drives are
    Maxtor 6L04032
    ST380021A
    WDC WD20 00JD-00GBBO SCSI Disk Device


    WaveOut devices (1):
    Device 0 - DMX 6fire Wave

    MidiOut devices (5):
    Device 0 - Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
    Device 1 - NemeSys MidiOut: Port 1
    Device 2 - NemeSys MidiOut: Port 2
    Device 3 - 1-RoMI/O MIDI
    Device 4 - 2-RoMI/O MIDI

    MidiIn devices (1):
    Device 0 - 1-RoMI/O MIDI

    There are 1 GSIF compatible cards

    Hardware Adapter 0: DMX 6fire GSIF (1)
    Number of Outputs = 4


    As I need to install all the .gig files on a separate drive, unfortunately I do have a problem; I do not recall which drives are the 7200rpm ones. I know that the system one is, but I do not know which one of the other two is

    QUESTION BEFORE I INSTALL ANYTHING

    Is there any way without opening up the computer and physically checking, for me to find out which is the fast drive?

    Please help me install so that the GS3 runs as fast as possible, and please for me KIS (keep it simple)

    Thank you for your help.

    Paul Copeland
    www.mp3.com.au/paulcopeland

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    Re: Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    I think the best you can do is to be able to identify the actual drive models associated with each Volume.

    Example on Win XP Pro:

    1) Start, Control Panel
    2) "Double click" Performance and Maintenance
    3) Click Administrative Tools
    4) "Double Click" Computer Management
    5) On the left hand side, click "Disk Management"
    6) Maximize the window (so it is full screen)

    You will see a display of the actual physical Discs and the "Volumes" (Drives) to which they are assigned. For example, in my system the "Disk )" is mapped to "C:".

    7) Move your cursor so it is over a "Disk" number (like Disk 0) then right-click, then select Properties
    8) Under the General tab, write down the name next to the hard drive icon. In my example I see "WDC WD600BB-75CCB0" which stands for:
    Western Digital, Model WD600BB.
    9) When you know the model number, then you will have to look in your computer documentation or on the drive manufacturer's website to find out drive rotation speed, disk access time, etc.

    A note about the GS 3 installation. If you want you can just install the GS3 software and not any of the .gig samples. With any of these samples, you can just copy them (or their folders) to any location on your hard drive.

    Even if you install them on the "wrong drive" , you can always move them.

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    Re: Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    Hi Martin.

    Many thanks for your quick and very thorough response.

    I will have a look at the drive specifics and at the websites if necessary to try and establish which drives are the 7200 rpm ones..

    Thank you for the info about installing only GS3. I will do that first.

    Best wishes and bye for now.

    Paul.

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    Re: Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul from Australia
    I physically have 3 hard drives and one has 2 partitions.
    The drives are
    Maxtor 6L04032
    ST380021A
    WDC WD20 00JD-00GBBO SCSI Disk Device
    Paul,

    I didn't read your original post carefully. I see that you already know the drive models. Use the directions above to determine which model is associated with which drive letter.

    I did a quick search on your drives:

    Maxtor -- there is no model like that listed, but there is a 6L040J2
    - Max Capacity 80 GB
    - <8 ms seek time
    - 7200 RPM

    Seagate ST380021a
    - Capacity 80GB
    - Avg. Seek time 9.5 ms
    - 7200 RPM

    Western Digital WD2000JD
    - the "JD" is a 200GB Serial ATA drive
    - the "JB" is a 200GB EIDE drive
    - both have capacity of 200GB
    - both have avg. seek time of 8.9 ms
    - both are 7200 RPM

    Are you sure there is a "fast" drive? These seem pretty close to me.

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    Re: Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    Hi Martin.

    Thank you for doing all that homework for me.

    I am perhaps not quite up with the latest technology, but by 'fast', I did mean 7200rpm

    One of the drives is FAt32, does that mean I shouldn't use that one for the Gig files?

    Paul Copeland.

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    Re: Please help a newbie install Giga Orchestra. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul from Australia
    Hi Martin.

    One of the drives is FAt32, does that mean I shouldn't use that one for the Gig files?

    Paul Copeland.
    Actually, you should probably reformat that drive (as long as it isn't your C: drive, since you would have to reinstall the OS and programs) using the NTFS format, which supports large volume (large drive) support among other things.

    You would do this within the "Computer Management" facilities I mentioned before. However, you need to be careful to NOT to delete something by mistake.

    The basic steps would be:
    1) Delete a partition
    2) Format the Disk using the "NTFS File System"
    3) Allocate the disk (create/assign) a drive letter partition.

    From what I have read, there really isn't any advantage to having a physical hard drive "partitioned" into multiple "logical Drives".

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