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    Unhappy Better hard drive needed or what?

    I hope you can help me. I upgraded my system in order to better accommodate Kontakt 2 and SISS strings. Unfortunately I get dropouts whenever I load separate SISS parts (violins, violas.. etc) while other samples are loaded. The strings will sound as I hold them down on my keyboard... but soon I hear other notes I didn't play, and the disk meter in K2 spikes before stopping them all completely. The CPU meter doesn't blink.

    The drive I bought came from Best Buy. Should I invest in a better one... maybe a 10,000 RPM WD Raptor? I've had to convert all of the .wavs to 16-bit just to get the "ensembles" to play. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Jon

    -MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum (latest drivers)
    -AMD Athlon 64 3700 C
    -OCZ 2GB Platinum ram
    -C:Maxtor 7200rpm ATA - apps
    -D:Maxtor 7200rpm SATA - samples
    -Sonar 4 and 5 PE
    -Kontakt 2.02

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    Re: Better hard drive needed or what?

    I just installed a WD Raptor, after experiencing a lot of dropouts with lieve use of "akoustic piano (NI)" 24-bit version om tha following constellation: AMD Sempron 3000+, ATA-6 HD, Terratec EWS 88 MT, ASIO native driver. The Raptor (100000 rpm) seems to have resolved the problem until now. Strange enough, a benchmark test (HD Tach) gave about the same results as for the ATA-6 (speed burst, avarge read/write) (with even a better score for the ATA-6 on average read). It gave however a significant improvement for the raptor on random access (7,5 ms versus 14,7 ms). Maybe this is a determing factor for live (streaming) use .....

    Quote Originally Posted by JWB
    I hope you can help me. I upgraded my system in order to better accommodate Kontakt 2 and SISS strings. Unfortunately I get dropouts whenever I load separate SISS parts (violins, violas.. etc) while other samples are loaded. The strings will sound as I hold them down on my keyboard... but soon I hear other notes I didn't play, and the disk meter in K2 spikes before stopping them all completely. The CPU meter doesn't blink.

    The drive I bought came from Best Buy. Should I invest in a better one... maybe a 10,000 RPM WD Raptor? I've had to convert all of the .wavs to 16-bit just to get the "ensembles" to play. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Jon

    -MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum (latest drivers)
    -AMD Athlon 64 3700 C
    -OCZ 2GB Platinum ram
    -C:Maxtor 7200rpm ATA - apps
    -D:Maxtor 7200rpm SATA - samples
    -Sonar 4 and 5 PE
    -Kontakt 2.02

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    Re: Better hard drive needed or what?

    Well thanks... I'm glad you like the Raptor. Using HD Tach, my current access time is 15.7ms (a long way off from what was supposed to be <10ms). I guess other hardware issues come into play. I went ahead and ordered one from Newegg. Hopefully it'll take care of this problem.

    Jon

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    Re: Better hard drive needed or what?

    If it's any help I once came across some data that I follow and I've never had any problems of any kind with HD:

    No. 1-- seek time should be under 8.9ms.
    no. 2-- Seagate drives are best. Western Digital a close second and Maxtor way behind both of them in terms of quality.

    I don't know is this is true at all. I've just followed it and have never had any problems.

    Ars

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