I recommend five drives for a decent setup.
Thank you Jim Simon. Can I go ahead and purchase SSD drives for the 5 setup recommended? I already own four 2 TB Hitachi 7200 SATA6 drives. I just naively never configured media professionaly as you guys which is a shame. In any case with the new setup you've recommended will performance significantly improve in all areas of CS6? I notice projects take about a 20 seconds to load. I am so happy with the advice here. Thank you very much.
Well, if you can afford SDDs with enough capacity for your needs, such a system would fly with disk loads. Many editors would find 512GB (the largest common size for SSDs) far too small for the Media drive. You may also want more room for the Exports and Cache drives as well, depending on how many simultaneous projects you have going on, so it might not be a bad idea to use those 2TB drives in the mix.
Whether SSD or HDD, that config will spread the load out pretty well so that you're rarely reading and writing to the same drive at the same time.
If I attempt to persue a RAID 0 setup what drives should be allocated to that?
Thank you so much for your help. I wll go ahead and use the TB drives I already have. I will also be venturing into RAW video files, and I believe SSD's will be too pricey for any new config. I rather spend on other needs.
I use the same set-up as Jim, except that I have E: and F: as RAID0 using 1TB Western Digital RE4 Enterprise class drives.
For security I use an external USB3 connected drive, and back up to this regularly using Beyond Compare 3 - and video is just a hobby for me. RAID0 is risky even with Enterprise Class drives, but third party RAID cards a la Harm , I just cannot justify. RAID5 using the on-board facility is too darn slow.