Good choice! But try to organise your load a bit better over your different drives.
So to make sure I understand- when dedicating a HDD for video editing, what exactly should go on that HDD?
- the original videos?
- Premiere Pro folders- Auto-Save, Preview Files, Encoded Files?
- What about other files like PSD used for titles?
- Any After Effects files?
Don't think in terms of your tasks. Think in terms of what each disk must do. A disk can only do one thing at a time. It you ask it to do 50 things, it has to wait each time for the previous assignment to finish before it can start the next. It is like serial processing, contrary to parallel processing. Multi-threading is a nice example of breaking things up into tasks that can be performed in parallel, without waiting for the earlier task to be finished. That is the reason a single core CPU is so much slower than a quad core. Same with disks. Distributing the load is what MPE is all about, give some tasks to the CPU and at the same time give some tasks to the GPU and in doing that, you get significant performance gains.
You can read up on the basics here: Adobe Forums: Storage rules for an editing rig. Some...
The important issue is Distributing the load.
So read from one disk, write to another, use the pagefile on another and use the OS & programs disk also in a separate role. A lot of posts here, or better yet in the hardware forum, go about setting up your disks. There is valuable information to be found there, so start reading...
Thanks for the explanation and article.
According to the article you linked:
Rule 3: Use at least 3 different physical disks on an editing machine, one for OS/programs, one for media and one for pagefile/scratch/renders....
Rule 4: Spread disk access across as many disks as you have. If you have OS & programs on disk C:, set your pagefile on another disk. Also set your pagefile to a fixed size, preferably somewhere around 1.5 times your physical memory.
Currently, I use 2 discs:
1- C:\ which has my OS and all program files including Premiere Pro CS5
2- F:\ has all the project files for clients
If I get a new HDD, should I change my scratch disk settings?
Here's my current SD setup: