HD management for DAW
Posted on 2004-04-13
Greetings from Ireland,
My first post here, conincidently found thsi site. This is going to be a little longish.
I run a DAW (digital audio workstation) under XPSP1 with Nuendo, Adobe Premiere and other tools. The system is a trunkey system that I bought in January 2003 and it came pre-configured and working fine so far, however, I need to upgrade and made some choices. Now I have a couple of questions on the whole shebang, I try to explain:
Ok here goes, currently:
Win XpSP1. 1Gig Ram, 2* Seagate barracudas 80Gig
The system was pre-configured with NTFS 3.1
C: Primary, System (1st HD), Cluster Size 4k, 15 Gig Partition
E: Extended Partition (1st HD) CS 64Kb, 65 Gig Partition
F: Primary (2nd HD) CS, 80- Gig Partition
Windows is on C: and has a 3Gig Pagefile. So far so good.
Next week I receive:
1* Seagate 'cuda 8MB, 160Gig
1* Lacie FW800 250 Gig
1* Lacie FW800 PCI card
Currently the programs like Adobe, Nuendo, etc etc are installed in C:\Windown\Program Files\yadayada
The pagefile with 3 Gig resides on C: and hence C: has meager 1.4 Gig free. E: Has Sample Data to stream samples from and F: is exclusively recording drive.
I absolutely hate the fact that these freaks installed HD1 partioned into a 15 and 65 Partition, but I would hate much to reinstall windows. Looked into Partition Magic, but I am not sure whether I can use that, it is a primary and extended partition, and I would not know hwo to make C: become one 80 gig partition only, which would be ideal, anyone around here did that?....
Now I wonder about the following strategy:
I throw out my D: CD-RW and install the barracuda 160Gig instead. Throw out the old FW400 card and Plugin the Laciefirewire800 card and have additional 250 Gig externally.
Then, leave windows on C as is, and uninstall all major audio and video apps and re-install onto the drive where I know record onto, that would be F: whoich is physically my second 80gig 'cuda now
Use the newly installed 160Gig internal to record onto as this is a fast drive with 8MB, use the external Lacie to samplestream from, and use the now empty extended E: Partition for DVD backups chessgame etc.
Does anyone know why the have only 4K clustersize on the system partition and 64kb on all other drives? Will I use 64kb on the new drives as well....I suppose but not sure.....
I was wondering about the external Lacie, that I could make one partition available for video recording....
This way my audio/video programs and plugins would run from a seperate harddrive and record onto seperate HD's as well....
Phewww.... did anyone follow so far? Does this stragetgy sound good? Any creative input?? Would it be beneficial to have 80gig partitions all over, mneaning splitting the 160gig 'cuda into two and the 250 gig Lacie into 3.?
My appologies for such a newbie question, but my DAW shall be the tool for my income at a lter stage and I want to do it right the first time.