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3 HDs: Where to place OS, Software, Samples and Audio? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 15th February 2013
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3 HDs: Where to place OS, Software, Samples and Audio?

Hi All.

Setup:
It's in my signature. basically 3 different HDs(from older,slower,smaller to bigger,newer,faster).
Uses:
I use my DAW to record jazz/funk/rock sometimes I like to play with a lot of VSTs on top,
Bust mostly it's just several tracks of audio, mostly guitars and such with Superior Drummer and some Keyboard or bass VST.
Questions:
1) The basic question is: on which drive should I place my OS, Software(plugins) Samples. Audio & Projects etc...
2) I think that most of the heavy use is porbebly VST(I might be wrong though) and my questions is how does the RAM and HD work? 'cause I know VSTs are loaded to the RAM, so maybe having the samples on a fast drive will just shorten Loading time and not make "Working Time" smoother and I should use the faster HD for audio, but does the audio load to the vst?

Thanks in advance.
Old 15th February 2013
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You need to provide specifics about the drives. I'm not quite understanding what you have.
They all need to be fast, 7200rpm. So if you have a 1tb, a 2tb and a 3tb I'd make the audio drive the 1tb. I'd make the OS and apps drive a 2tb and I'd backup the audio drive to this. I'd make the 3tb my sounds drive because libraries are huge and only getting larger each year.
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If by chance you have a really fast 10k rpm drive use this for your sounds. If you have any 5400 rpm drives, I'd punt that or just use it for backup.
Old 15th February 2013
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There are model numbers in my sig too...

Samples needs the fastest drive->audio->os & software, right?
Old 15th February 2013
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Hi All.

Setup:
It's in my signature. basically 3 different HDs(from older,slower,smaller to bigger,newer,faster).
Uses:
I use my DAW to record jazz/funk/rock sometimes I like to play with a lot of VSTs on top,
Bust mostly it's just several tracks of audio, mostly guitars and such with Superior Drummer and some Keyboard or bass VST.
Questions:
1) The basic question is: on which drive should I place my OS, Software(plugins) Samples. Audio & Projects etc...
2) I think that most of the heavy use is porbebly VST(I might be wrong though) and my questions is how does the RAM and HD work? 'cause I know VSTs are loaded to the RAM, so maybe having the samples on a fast drive will just shorten Loading time and not make "Working Time" smoother and I should use the faster HD for audio, but does the audio load to the vst?

Thanks in advance.
You've got it right.

Since you're recording and streaming audio i would use the Raptor for the audio drive, the 1TB WD Black is fast and large enough for your sample drive, however i would replace the Green drive with an SSD for your OS and programs and you have the ideal set-up all round.

I have a similar set-up and it performs alot more than i'll ever need until i perhaps delve into the world of full orchestration and scoring, by which point i'd probably buy the latest pc config aswell.
A good Samsung SSD or the like are pretty cheap in the smaller sizes which should be adequate for your OS and programs !?
Old 15th February 2013
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I feel silly but I just realised today that the raptor is 10000RPM(!).
It's my oldest drive, it's like 8 years old.

I'm kinda afraid to place my projects on it cause I don't wanna see it fail and lost my work.

Either way Feedme, I really can't afford a SSD right now.
MAYBE another regular drive in the future, but the budget is strict and I can't really buy something to replace the green one.
Old 15th February 2013
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I feel silly but I just realised today that the raptor is 10000RPM(!).
It's my oldest drive, it's like 8 years old.

I'm kinda afraid to place my projects on it cause I don't wanna see it fail and lost my work.

Either way Feedme, I really can't afford a SSD right now.
MAYBE another regular drive in the future, but the budget is strict and I can't really buy something to replace the green one.
Mm yes, i'd be wary of an 8 year old drive unless i backed up often. But whichever role you'd use it for, the data is just as important im assuming.

In the case of SSD, its just a novelty really when it comes to OS drive, you'd be fine with the Green. I wouldn't use the Green for an audio drive, as performance is important here. Even though its 7200rpm apparently the greens sacrfice performance to save power ? Not good for streaming. I couldnt say for sure as i haven't tried one.
I guess you could give the set-up a trial run.
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