3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 9, 2016 2:15 AM by Splitting_Atoms

    Need help with my harddisk setup


      Hi guys,
      ive been reading a lot about the best harddisk setup for my video editing pc...but i need some feedback. Here are my specs. Im running Windows 10 with this HD setup. I use my system for Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects.


      Disk 1               SDD                   250GB                OS, program files, pagefile

      Disk 2               HDD (sata III)     2TB                    stockmedia / assets / mydocuments

      Disk 3               HDD (sata III)     2TB                    projects

      Disk 4               HDD (sata III)     750GB               export/renders, PP previews

      Disk 5               HDD (sata III)     750GB               captured audio/video, photoshop scratchdisk, PP media cache, AE cache

      If it would really benefit my performance, i also have another 2TB HDD (sataIII) disk that I could build in the case.


      Does this look about right? Or would you guys change anything? I have though of a RAID setup, but from what I understand.. raid 3 or 5 would need more disks (preferable same size) and preferably a hardware controller. But my budget will not allow this for now.


      Thanks in advance for the feedback guys...

        • 1. Re: Need help with my harddisk setup
          RoninEdits Most Valuable Participant

          you probably already read this, but if you haven't Tweakers page: Disk Setup

          you drive setup looks fine, you can use windows resource monitor to help identify if any drives are struggling as well.


          if i were to change something, i would try 2x2tb raid 0 (disk 2 and 3) for media/assets/projects using mbd raid (if your mbd supports raid). i might even try adding the spare 2tb hdd, for 3x2tb raid 0 for even more performance. if "mydocuments" is just random storage (not for your active video projects), you could move that to another drive off the raid, like disk 4 or another spare. since you already have those parts, raid may be a good way to boost performance for free. any raid can add some more risk to data loss, so you would just need to make sure your backups stay current. you can save a copy of the premiere project (just the .prproj file) to a few separate locations at the end of your editing sessions, and/or use auto-saves to another location, to avoid needing to backup as much.


          beyond that a single fast sata ssd is comparable to 3 hdd's in raid, so you could look at sata ssd(s) for a cheaper and simpler improvement vs an expensive hardware raid card. sata ssd prices keep falling and show no sign of slowing, so if/when you do get some later, they could be even more affordable.

          • 2. Re: Need help with my harddisk setup
            Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

            Do you have a PCIe Gen 3 x4 slot available?


            If it is get modern and get one of the new (ten times faster than hard disk drives) 2000/1500 MB/sec Samsung 950 Pro SSD's and an Adapter card.  Put all your Project files, media, preview files on this and when a project is finished archive it to those old slow hard disk drives.  I just saw today that MicroCenter has the 512GB on sale for less than $300 and for this special price you do not have go to the store!


            I know of three M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 cards that I have tested and work well.

            ASUS Hyper M.2 X4 (not easily available)

            Lycom DT-120

            Addonix ADM2PX4

            • 3. Re: Need help with my harddisk setup
              Splitting_Atoms Level 1

              Ah ok, that makes sense..im gonna set up that raid then with the extra disk. Performance wise.. where will i notice this performance boost... in general ? or more when editting and exporting and stuff?


              thanks for your help!