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b Never use partitions.
Use at least 3 different physical disks for editing. One for OS/programs, one for media and one for projects/scratch.
Can these disks have any partitions on them for other use?
I was thinking of using one 320g drive with 40g dedicated for Vista/premiere and 30g dedicated to XP for regular use. I'm still not sure what to do with the remaining space.
Do you mean having a dedicated drive for OS/premiere, and two other drives with no other purpose other than use by premiere? What is a good size for the media and projects drives? and how should they be formatted? just as NTFS?
If you consider XP and Vista in a dual boot configuration, I would strongly suggest to forget that idea. It is much better to only use XP Pro SP3 and not partition your boot disk. Vista is an acronym for "Vicious Infected System with Terrible Anomalies". Your boot disk need not be bigger than 80 G.
> Do you mean having a dedicated drive for OS/premiere, and two other drives with no other purpose other than use by premiere?
What a good size is, depends on the kind and number of projects you do. I would suggest 1 TB disks to start with (Samsung F1). If you need more space, you can always add drives. I'm currently awaiting availability of the Intel E5472. When it appears, I'll build a system with 8 TB storage and room for more.
Always use NTFS.
could someone please explain a bit further? I'm not very bright when it comes to setting up the computer.
How many actual hardrives should I be dedicating for use by Adobe premiere?
I will need one for the OS/CS3, if I need to setup drives in raid0 then that requires 2 identical drives working together, then how many drives are left to have dedicated? Does everything have to be setup as raid? or just the scratch discs?
This is all new to me, sorry if these are dumb questions.
You probably don't need a RAID setup unless you are editing HDV with an intermediate codec like Cineform.
Just have XP on you program drive with Premiere Pro, then have one drive for captured media, and one for scratch files and projects.
I will be editing HDV using a canon HV30. I've also read that the 24P format will need a better setup. Should I still be ok without setting up raid?
How about designating my different drives? I'd like to use all SATA drives but 2 of the one's I own are 16mb and the other is 8mb.
Should the faster drive be used with scratch files? and the 8mb cache captured media? Which will need more space over time, the scratch disk or captured media?
thanks for all the help.
Use the smallest for OS and programs. Use the middle sized drive for projects/scratch, and use the biggest drive for capture. The cache size is less important, unless all other factors are equal.