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New Computer setup for cs6 (PR and AE)

May 16, 2012 5:06 PM

I jumped head first into the great world of computer building and built my first work station....but all is not going so well lol.  Its taking forever to edit and render a five min kick-starter video. My question is how do I know I am setting up my  hard drives right. I have followed this link

my setup is: C:SSD(Programs,cache)


                   E:RAID 0(MEDIA) two 450GB raptors

                   Z:16GB RAM DISK? what should I use this for?

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    May 17, 2012 2:21 AM   in reply to Ceasy_317

    First of all, I would put your static pagefile on the raid0, since that is the fastest volume and not put it on the SSD. SSD's are best used for reading, not for writing.


    How much memory do you have? Why the RAM disk?


    Have you turned off hibernation and removed the hyberfil.sys file, turned off indexing and compression on all your disks and tuned your system?

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    May 17, 2012 11:02 AM   in reply to Ceasy_317

    Run the PPBM5 Benchmark to see if anything is wrong with your system.

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    May 17, 2012 1:38 PM   in reply to Ceasy_317
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    May 24, 2012 9:49 AM   in reply to Ceasy_317

    Ceasy, definitely get rid of the Hiberfil.sys file, it's probably eating 16GB on your SSD and constantly getting written to, and you're not going to hibernate your system so you don't need it.


    Windows provides a GUI to supposedly delete the file but often it doesn't truly disable that whole functionality. You definitely want to do it at the Command Line with admin privileges. If you know what that means, then just fire up a cmd window as Admin and run this:  powercfg.exe -h off


    If you don't know what a Command Line is, do this:

    • Click the Start Orb in Windows 7 (lower left of screen, of course)
    • immediately type cmd in the search box
    • Search will display a few icons as results, with the desired one near the top of the list: it'll show as cmd.exe
    • Right-Click and pin that to your Start Menu, you might as well, you'll need the Command Line from time to time.
    • Once it's on the Start Menu, you can right-click it and Run As Administrator


    Voila, you are at the Command Line as Admin. Now type powercfg.exe -h off and hit Enter, and the hiberfil.sys thing is done and gone.


    I would highly suggest you get cache OFF of that SSD and stick it on a regular drive elsewhere. Harm's guide will explain all of that.


    Also, make sure you are getting full use of your RAM. I have DDR3 1600 ram, but my EVGA motherboard boots up at a default 1066. I had to go into the BIOS and turn on XMP support. Once I rebooted, it showed 1600 speed in the startup screen. I don't overclock, but that step is necessary to get the most out of your ram, whatever speed it is. Your mobo may already have it on, but do check.


    Have fun!



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