I am building a PC with 5 drives.
If I use your design for 5 drives then all I have to do is go to D: open a folder and put all the files associated with a project in that folder (project, assets, and exports)?
I would let the project use default locations for all its scratch and media files?
Could you give me a link to an article on how to put those 4 drives in a raid 3/5 configuration?
In your preferences you have to set your media cache location and in your project settings your scratch disks.
To setup a Raid3, requires a pretty expensive Areca controller. For Raid5 using the on-board chip, you have to use the BIOS and it is fully described in the mobo manual.
For background info: Adobe Forums: To RAID or not to RAID, that is the...
For ease of "housekeeping," I group all Projects on my D:\, complete with Copies of my Assets, and Scratch Disks. Everything is under a Client root folder, with each Project self-contained. As an aside, I do a lot of migration of Projects between computers, so keep everything in one place on an external, giving up a bit of performance. Still, each Project is neat, self-contained, and easy to clean up after I am done.
For ultimate performance, many will locate Scratch Disks separately, and all media separately. The only downside is when one goes to Delete finished Projects, as they are scattered about. Still, the more one can spread the I/O load over separate, physical (very, very important) HDD's, the better the performance. Just be sure to use logical, and easily remembered folder structures, for when you need to go in and Delete files/Projects no longer needed.