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beginner's hard disk question

Apr 1, 2012 7:34 PM



At the moment I have a 2 TB green WD internal hard disk. If three disks is the minimum requirement, can I add a 1 TB caviar black WD or is the green useless for video editing, which means I should get 2x 1TB caviar black WD?





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    Apr 1, 2012 8:33 PM   in reply to bert nordstrom

    Green 5400 RPM drives do not work with video editing


    My 3 hard drives are configured as...


    1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs


    2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files

    When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,

    so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files


    3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)

    (*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files


    Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file


    Back at look to the right for several helper subjects

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    Apr 3, 2012 1:36 AM   in reply to bert nordstrom

    Use a smallish disk for OS & programs, something like a Samsung 320 GB Spinpoint F4 and use 2 WD Caviar Blacks as D: and E: drives. Use the Green disk for backups.

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    Apr 3, 2012 5:34 AM   in reply to bert nordstrom

    You may want to read Planning and Building a new system and more specifically the section about Disk I/O. This is a huge overkill for your needs now, but it shows that even with a large number of disks you can still keep things simple with only three different drive letters.


    • C: OS & programs: 4 x SSD in Raid10. One could always start with a single SSD.
    • D: Pagefile, media cache, renders: 6 x HDD in Raid0 using 2 internal ports plus the 4 external ports.
    • E: Media, exports and all other stuff: 22 x HDD in Raid30, including 2 hot-spares. 2 x (10 R3 + 1 HS).
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