What are you editing?
If you need the speed of a RAID0 like I use for my media, you don't want it external. If you are just editing HDV then one drive is fine. If you are editing DSLR footage and you seldom stack video on top of video, you may get away without a RAID.
I like putting my paging file on a fast drive. I use a RAID0 for that file. The same RAID0 I use for my PROGRAM CACHE AND PREVIEW FILES.
I use a RAID0 for my media. Captured HDV, file transferred DSLR footage. Also Audio files.
Then I have a RAID0 for my "My Documents" and some of my exported media that I want to save.
In your situation I might put cache and previews on E: and Media on F:
Test it out. If the timeline plays smoothly, you are good to go. Just make sure to put that backup drive to good use, and consider backing up your backup drive now and then to avoid losing priceless footage.
[Moved to Hardware forum.]
Here's what I'd do.
H: Sell it. Being RAID 0, it's no good for backups or Media. I suppose you could use it for Cache/Scratch, maybe even Exports, but given the general unsuitability of RAID 0 for most things, it's better to get rid of it entirely and find something else.
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H: Sell it. Being RAID 0, it's no good for backups or Media.
Unless it can be chaged to RAID1, then it makes a good backup disk.
Thanks for you comments. To answer your first question, I'm a real beginner and I'm working my way through Abobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book, reading discussions from this forum and others. My previous experience over the years has been with Adobe elements and several other programs. My first project with CS6 will be capturing video from family movies VHS tapes so I guess I'll be working with DV..correct?
Correct. So you are probably just fine putting your media on F: and your projects and previews on E:.
DV doesn't stress a modern PC much at all.
O.K I'll get rid of the raid 0 drive. Can you make another suggestion about how I can improve my system ...what else to get me started on the right foot. I'll also see if I can convert the Raid 0 drive to raid 1 as you suggest. Should I buy a hardware controller and add another 2TB drive? If so which raid? I've read in your forum that raid 3 is the way to go but very expensive .....what would be a good solution under $800. approx. any ideas?
Thanks for your help again. By investigating this Adobe Forum further I found the most helpful page http://forums.adobe.com/people/Harm%20Millaard This page answered most of my questions about a Generic Guideline for Disk Setup, Raid configurations, disk allocations for PP
etc. This will keep me busy for some time.
Thanks Mr. Millaard