Ok guys, wanted to get everyone's opinion on basically how I should set up my hard disks. Here's my complete system breakdown.
Nvidia 760 with 4Gb
MOBO: asrock pro3 z87
32 gigs ram @ 1866mhz
Samsung EVO 120gb
PNY XLR8 240gb
Seagate Barracuda 1tb
WD Blue 1tb
WD Blue 1tb
WD USB external 1.5tb
I use Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop pretty much equally. I don't have a RAID controller, and not sure that I want to spend another $300+ bucks (my understanding of where a decent one starts) though I suppose I could be talked into it (my birthday is coming up after all), and not 100% sure if my mobo would support a RAID controller but I don't see why not. I probably wouldn't want to spend any more than 500 on one, preferable less (I'm not a big wig yet).
Anyway, looking for opinions on how to distribute my cache, project files, exports, etc. My current setup is:
Samsung EVO: OS, programs, pagefile (set to 1gb min and 16gb max)
PNY SSD: cache, scratch disks
Seagate: source material
WD Blue: exports
WD External: Backups
(I haven't installed the other WD Blue yet)
And here's what I'm thinking about doing:
EVO: OS, programs, Pagefile
PNY: Cache, scratch, previews,
Seagate: project files
WD: orginal media
WD: original media (possibly these two WD's in RAID1)
(and possibly RAID 1 for the two WD)
Thanks in advance!
Oh and one other dumb question: how do you control where the preview files go?
Edit: aaaand just one more Q. There looks like there's a lot of eye popping deals for RAID cards on ebay. There's an areca 1680 sitting there for under $300. Yay or nay?
Ok here's how I set things up for right now:
EVO: OS, programs, pagefile
PNY SSD: cache, previews, windows cache, scratch
Seagate: Project Files
WD: Source Files
This seems to be doing me right for now. I haven't RAID'ed anything, but I was sort of thinking of doing a software RAID1 with the two WD's. Thumbs up? Suggestions?
I saw tweakers page and it's definitely helpful. I guess I was wondering if anyone with similar use cases or more specific knowledge could weigh in on what would benefit me (fairly equal doses of PS, AE, PP) the most specifically.
So I guess I was wondering if people were thumbs up on my distribution of file types, or if someone thought that some other way might be better.