How have you set up these 6 disks now and what are the sizes/brands/models? What raid controller do you have, if any?
4 x 320GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10
1 x 1TB Western Digital black
1 x 300 GB Western Digital black.
Motherboard has onboard RAID, Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P. I did not set up
Premier pro CS4 yet. I am planning on doing it today.
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I would suggest the following setup:
E: 4 x 320GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10 in raid5 on the mobo for media and all scratch/previews.
D: 1 x 1TB Western Digital black for a static page file (around 12 GB), projects, media cache and exports.
C: 1 x 300 GB Western Digital black for OS & programs.
Initially, I was thinking about going with following setup:
C: 1 x 300 GB WD Velociraptor for OS & Programs
D: 1 x 1 TB for Media/Captured Video, Project Files
E: 1 x 320 GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10 for Captured Audio
F: 1 x 320 GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10 for Video Previews
G: 1 x 320 GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10 for Audio Previews
H: 1 x 320 GB Segate Barracuda 7200.10 for Media Cache, Static Page file.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 GHz 12M L2 Cache 1333MHz FSB LGA775 Quad-Core Processor
RAM: 8 MB DDR2 at 1066MHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
How do you compare the performance of this setup to the setup you recommended in the previous post?
I don't think you will see a big difference in performance, but with your initial setup, although it nicely spreads the load over all the disks, you will need more discipline to keep your disks clean after you finished a project. If you have that, then your throughts are very good.
In the next couple of months I want to build a system specifically for
video editing. From a hardware perspective, what would you recommend?
I don't have a specific budget.
Harm…I was going over the setup you recommend in 3. Could you elaborate a little why you recommend that setup? I am concern about the load RAID 5 will put on the CPU. Thanks!
The CPU load will be pretty small, but the speed increase on the disks will be around 250-300% over a single disk.
I will be using a Canon XH A1s camcorder.
I am a little confused. The Scratch disk preference in Premiere Pro CS4 has:
1) Captured Video
2) Capture Audio
3) Video Preview
4) Audio Preview
5) Media Cache (in a different area)
If I follow the setup you propose in 3, what disk should I use for each asset?
1-4 on the raid and 5 on D.
Just one last question; Do you believe that I will get better performance with the RAID 5 Setup you recommended than with the individual disk setup?
I believe I answered that in post #5.
Is there a reason in a three drive system not to put the Media Cache and the Preview files on the fastest drive, the OS & Premiere on the C Drive, and the Media files on the largest drive? It seems like that might be an optimal configuration as well.
Jody, very simple reasons:
1. C: for OS & programs, because some programs have difficulties when installed on another drive.
2. Large media files on a large disk to avoid performance degradation due to increasing fill rate.
3. Media cache and render files on a separate disk to spread the load.
Even if C is slightly faster than the other disks, spreading the load will gain more performance than putting them on the same disk.
Could someone please advise me how best to set scratch discs?
I am upgrading from a laptop to a new PC with 4 mb ram and will have three hard drives available, all Sata, all 7200 speed
One is a 500gb drive with the OS windows 7 64 bit on a 50 gb partition, 'c', and an empty 450 gb partition, 'd'.
One is a 300gb drive, empty.
One is a 2tb drive partioned into 2 1tb partitions, one almost full and one with around 200gb free.
My source files are mpg2, lots of very short files, aroung 98gb, and I will be adding voiceover via a Tascam ASIO US-122 box.
What would be my best configuration and why please?
Also where would be the best place for the voicover wav files to be recorded to?
Thanks in advance
Many thanks for your speedy informative reply - much appreciated
[popping this question out into it's own thread]
I'm in the process of a machine build and am trying to reconcile the various drive configuration recommendations found on the forum. The plan is to use an Areca 1880i controller in the following mix.
1x150gb – WD Velociraptor
4x1tb – Samsung F3
2x500gb – Samsung F3
Pagefile, Media Cache, Exports
Concept is based on the 3 disk/3 volume config in Harm's "Guidelines for Disk Usage" rather than the 7+ disk/2 volume config.
My primary questions involves performance gains realized by segregating particular asset types. Is it generally better to place Media and Project files on separate volumes as listed in post #3 and why the departure from the 3 and 4 disk recommendation in Guidelines? Are there workflow or media size considerations that would make Projects + Media Cache more performant than Projects + Media?
I grok load distribution but lack background on how and when Premiere is utilizing various asset/temp file types which would make creating an optimal config matrix for a given workflow a fairly easy exercise.
Regards and thanks for any additional info,