Here is my current configuration:
C Drive - two 500 GB in RAID 0
D Factory Image is a partition of system drive
C and D is set up this way factory condition
E and F are identical 1.5 TB SATA used for media storage
I am considering combining E and F in RAID 0
L is brand new external eSATA 2 TB RAID 0 (2 drives)
N Buffalo drive 1 TB external eSATA, FW 400/800, USB 2 currently for overflow
M MyBook is a backup drive for C drive
After reading some of the forum threads about storage, I am not sure what to do. I had planned on combining E and F into a 3 TB RAID 0 for speed, but Harm says that keeping all the drives separate is also not a bad way to go. I don't have a hardware raid controller. The L drive can be set to RAID 0 or 1 with a switch.
How do you back up your files and which files need to be protected? I need a backup solution for media files (original captures and audio) I guess all other filetypes, i.e. previews, cache, conforms can be replaced. I have been keeping my project files and cache on the system drive C.
I then need to figure out exactly how to set up Premiere, Encore, AE, etc. to send files to their respective places. I can figure out some of it, like capture scratch in Premiere, but for others I have no idea how to proceed. In Preferences, is it a good idea to save media cache next to originals? By default, they are in that "Roaming" folder in C drive. What is the difference between "media cache files" and media cache database"? Why are there separate settings for each? I do not see a setting for conformed files.
What am I supposed to do with a pagefile? How do I set that up?
As you can see, some of my drives are quite full. At what point does it become problematic?
How do I know when to defrag my drives? What is the acceptible amount of fragmentation? Windows Vista's defragger sucks. What do you use?
Check out one of these: http://www.paragon-software.com/
It is not recommended to defrag a video project drive while still working that project. You can corrupt any active projects if you do. Just a warning.
If you want to set up E & F as a raid0, you end up with 3 x 2 disk raid0, C, E and L, plus N. Drive M is used for backup.
I would put your completed projects on N. That also creates more free space on E, the former E + F drives.
Look here: Adobe Forums: Generic Guideline for Disk Setup and look at your configuration as a 4 disk system.
C as indicated, D would be your new raid0 E drive, E would be your L drive and F would be your N drive. Possibly move the renders to a raided drive.