Originally Posted by Methlab
I don't see the need to get all in depth. It's simple, for recording, have 2 HDs. Use 1 for tracking to and the other for your OS and software. If you do not do this, your chances of harddrive failure are greatly increased. There is really no need to test this out because it is pretty much an established fact in the world of computer recording.
Well, the issue came up when a guy who is putting together a DAW system asked for advice. If he could save some money by NOT getting the second drive, he'd have that money to buy something else, so it's a relevant question for him. Since I have already long since invested in a nice second drive, I'd like to think that I made a wise decision. But the capacity of computers has been changing so rapidly that what was the standard wisdom a couple of years ago might not apply anymore.
I remain firmly on the fence, but I'm interested in the discussion. I've already learned some important things just by watching more knowledgable people thrashing the issue out.
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