I don't do raid, but this is how I use 3 drives
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs
2 - 320Gig data for 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 source & output export files... this would be your raid
Ok I juste have 2 disk, Windows is on the RAID as well as Premiere.
I COULD move Premiere out of the RAID but Windows stay where it is (for now).
Therefore in my situation / configuration I would use the extra HDD for Project files.
I was thinking to put the "source" materials there too and use the RAID for the final output / Temp processing items.
Is that correct or I didn't understood correctly?
Here's what I'd do.
500GB - Windows and Programs
1TB - Projects/Scratch/Exports
1TB - Media
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Your media (video clips) should never be on the same hard drive as Windows. A dedicated drive is always recommended for NLE editing.
I would make the new 500GB the C: drive, and then use the RAID for video/projects files.
You would need to reinstall Windows, OR - I think you could use the Image Backup feature in Windows 7 and be able to duplicated the OS onto the new drive.
As a side note, if you can boost your RAM to 16GB, you will see some performance increase, helped with my Core i7 - 2600 system. Memory is very inexpensive at this time.
TY Safeharbo11, you've answered my question correctly.
For now I don't plan to mess around Windows and RAID configuration, I don't need a huge performance boost. When I'll do I'll probably go the SSD Route for Windows.
For the RAM, I have the cream of the crop as RAM speed / latency goes, and I don't use more then 50-55% of it in my projects. So I won't touch it for now (they cost me 125-130$ / 4 gig kit; I have 2 of thooses).
I doubt the Image would do since I'm Running a On Board RAID Array (not a dedicated card for it). I will still look into it.
Bottom line I'll move the Video source files on the new hdd for now (to have at least Windows & Premiere on a different drive then the Video files).
I'll keep looking for a other 500 Gig that I could use to create a other Raid 0 array.
Thanks you all.