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How to best configure 4 hd's for CS6 video editing

Jul 4, 2012 3:37 PM

I have a new Dell system with 4 - 15k hd drives (600gb each) and 48gb of ram and a nVidea FX4800 video card.  I have all CS6 programs on C: and I store my projects on D: (scratch disk?).  My question is whether to assign the new cache files to another drive?  Actually I don't have a clue as to whether I'm using my hardware resources to their best uses.  Would someone speak loud and slow to explain the configuration that would give me the most speed?  (Non-RAID)  My second question is whether I can do any anything to make my PCIe slot hot-swappable?  My new PCIe drive will not work (without reboot) and the problem apparently rests with the the system board on my Dell T7500 -- the PCIe slot is not hot-swapable.  (I need to download video files from Sony SXS cards -- Express card 34?.)

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    Jul 4, 2012 4:54 PM   in reply to wbounds

    Start by reading through this, it will answer your disksetup questions

    I don't know about the PCIe hot-swappable though.

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    Jul 4, 2012 9:09 PM   in reply to wbounds

    I'd probably go with:


    C: System (Windows and programs)

    D: Projects/Scratch/Cache

    E: Media

    F: Exports


    This keeps the bulk of disk activity separated so you're rarely reading and writing to the same drive at the same time.

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    Jul 5, 2012 7:17 AM   in reply to Jim Simon

    What Jim said... and what I do... (If I had 4, I would do as Jim says)


    My 3 hard drives for video editing are configured as...


    1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs (2)


    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 folders and files


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


    (1) for faster input/output with 4 drives

    - use drive 3 for all source files

    - use drive 4 for all output files


    (2) only 60Gig used, for Win7 & CS5 MC & MS Office & other smaller programs


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


    Drive C space

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