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500gig sata audio drive performance
Old 20th August 2007
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500gig sata audio drive performance

Hi Slutz...

I just built my new quad DAW!!..I got 500gig sata 16 meg buffer 7200 drive 4 programs and one for audio....

i'm running Cubase SX3..

My question is....

Should I partition my 500 gig audio drive? Will it make a difference? Performance wise?

Should I create a partition for just running a song, and the rest for STORAGE of the song folders?

It seems to be running fine AS IS...

Thats why i'm comming to the slutz...

Old 21st August 2007
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AFAIK Partioning won't give you an increase in performance as it's still just one physical drive.

However, it may be convenient to do so to make defrags run quicker.

For example, I have a 250 GB drive with two partitions, one holds my commercial music collection, the other for Cubase files.

So when I come to defrag my Cubase partition, it ignores the commercial music (which I don't bother defragging anyway as I don't need any performance there).
Old 22nd August 2007
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might give you an idea....

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Old 22nd August 2007
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actually partitioning it will increase performance in the first partition.

the first part of a drive is the fastest, as you fill it up it slows down.

think of a record. the outside runs faster than the inside.

while the differences are not that great (4-6 meg/s) its not a bad idea either.

particularly if you intend to use it as storage as well.

Old 23rd August 2007
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buy a second and run it in raid... if the drive falls over you'll lose 500gb of data... partitioned or not.
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