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    Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    Hi all, you might remember me from early posts such as.... the one I posted very "early" today (or was it yesterday) but I would like to know what you think and get your help so please bare with me and guide me if you can, cheers

    If you've read my early post today you would've known a new computer will find its way to my Home Studio by the end of week and i'm starting to settle things and get ready for it.
    I'm planning on running both XP Pro 64bit and XP Pro 32bit as a dual boot computer. I've searched the web and came across a few guides to get me going with the partitioning and dual boot configuration for my DAW but that got me way more confused then I already was.
    ok, I'll have - 200GB SATA Drive and a 80*2 SATA RAID-0.
    2 partitions (20gb each) for the 2 OS and the software such as Sonar etc...)
    and thinking of making the 160GB RAID for samples.
    Now, I should have a back up directory (for system and samples images), I should have current projects partition and misc partition and an Audio recorded tracks partition somewhere, hehehe, but damn, I just don't know how to set this bugger up... First thing that bothers me is, installing SONAR and Windows on the same partition? every article I read said I should...
    Anyway, please help me with that cuase as you can see, i've gotten very very confused just thinking about it. Which drive of this 2 should I dedicate for OS and which for samples. What shall I do with the vsts and dxis plugins and where should i put the current projects parition and misc and the backup. Guys, i'm going crazy just thinking about it and I'm just happy the computer isn't here yet otherwise I would have blacked out already.
    Anyway, Cheers and please, don't be ashamed to share with me and with the rest of us your configuration (plus your recommandation of course).
    Thanks very very very much (and good night for now)
    Yoav

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    That's what I'd do in your case:

    200 GB SATA drive:

    3 partitions:
    a) 40 GB XP 32 bit
    b) 40 GB XP 64 bit
    c) 120GB for your music or other stuff you'll create

    These partitions must be backuped.

    (BTW, 20 GB for the OS is not enough as soon as you'll install some programs)

    2x80 GB RAID:
    Use it as an single 160 GB partition for your sample libraires.
    No backup needed, you'll be able to replace lost data from your
    original disks.

    I recommend adding a external USB or Firewire drive for backups,
    they are very inexpensive these days and a good backup can be worth
    millions

    Tom

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    hey Tom, thanks man.
    Actually that's what I thought of doing but was alittle confused regarding the use of the drives, I mean, why should I use the fast RAID-0 For samples and not for the OS and programs? Questions like that.

    Now I have another question since i've never backed-up any of my drives or partitions before. How big is the image when I backup with N.Ghost?
    I mean, what's the ratio from the partition being backeup?
    Is it equal in size? or Is it compressed?

    Plus I would recommand other options if anybody has.
    Though I probebly would use Tom's advice (only add 20-30 GB Movie Streaming partition from the 160GB =RAID)

    Thanks again,
    Yoav

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    oh, Tom or somebody, in the 30-40 GB OS dedicated partition,
    would you recommand using logical partitions for the software?
    I mean 30GB Total - 10 GB for OS and 20 (logical) for sonar etc?
    Or just use the whole 30GB as one partition?

    Cheers and thanks again,
    Yoav

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by yoav3994
    hey Tom, thanks man.
    Actually that's what I thought of doing but was alittle confused regarding the use of the drives, I mean, why should I use the fast RAID-0 For samples and not for the OS and programs? Questions like that.
    The samples are best placed on the fastest drive available.
    After a little bit of initialisation the OS itself doesn't load much from
    disk (swapping excluded, but the swapfile is still better on the OS drive).

    Quote Originally Posted by yoav3994
    Now I have another question since i've never backed-up any of my drives or partitions before. How big is the image when I backup with N.Ghost?
    I mean, what's the ratio from the partition being backeup?
    Is it equal in size? or Is it compressed?
    I don't know how good Notron Ghost compresses.
    I normaly recommend 'Acronis backup', it's fast, inexpensive and
    compresses good. My OS drive has about 20 GB of data, the backup file
    is about 12 GB, but the compression ratio depends on the data itself,
    some things compress good (e.g. text), some things not so good
    (e.g. already compressed things like .zip files).
    A friend of mine used Norton Ghost until he saw how Acronis works on
    my systen

    Tom

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by yoav3994
    oh, Tom or somebody, in the 30-40 GB OS dedicated partition,
    would you recommand using logical partitions for the software?
    I mean 30GB Total - 10 GB for OS and 20 (logical) for sonar etc?
    Or just use the whole 30GB as one partition?

    Cheers and thanks again,
    Yoav
    No. Because both partitions would use the same physical drive you wouldn't
    get more speed.
    But it doesn't hurt either, so if you prefer this setup there's no
    problem with it.

    Tom

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    Re: Another Post :P HDD Partitioning... Extremely Confused with possibilities

    Hey Tom, first I would like to thank you, alot
    You've realy helped me and actually gave me alittle "peace of mind" regarding those issues.
    I would like to show you (or anyone for that matter but it seems like Tom is the only one replying to me ) what I've just posted on another forum, tell me what you think please.

    " Anyway, I thought on going like this and please tell me what you think -
    --- 200GB SATA - 1st Partition - (C: 40GB) Xp Pro x64 + Sonar x64 etc.)
    Partition 2 - (D: 40GB) - Xp Pro 32bit + Sonar 5 etc.)
    Partition 3 - (E: 20GB) - OS Backups (both x64 and 32bit)
    Partition 4 - (F: 50GB) - Projects Backups | Par. 5 (G: 45GB) - Misc.
    Partition 6 - (H: 5 GB) - Virtual Memory --NOTE-- I know that a 200GB driver doesn't realy have that much space but that's just for making things easier--
    --- 80*2 SATA RAID-0 - 1st Partition - (I: 120GB) - Samples, Loops etc.
    2nd Partition - (J: 20GB) - Current Projects.
    3rd Partition - (K: 20GB) - Video Streaming

    That's what I think I should (not would though unless someone would enlighten me I probebly would) do.
    Please, once again, suggestions, recommendations and remarks are most welcome."

    Once again, thank you very very much
    Cheers, Yoav

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