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Old April 5th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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Opinion Please! on this setup

I am putting a system together for my neighbor he is into video editing (Pinnacle Version 10) soon to be Vegas

Here are the system specs:

ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit X 2 (4 GB total). WIN XP only sees 3GB but that will change as soon as he updates to Vista 64bit later on.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive X 2 (640 GB total)

XFX PVT73GUGD3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-650-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 650W Power Supply

LG DVD- Burner

CD RW

Win XP / Sp2 32bit






Here's my question. How should I setup the Hard Drive Configuration for optimum speed while video editing and post production? Should I partition any of the drives? Should I leave one drive for OS only? Is it worth setting up a Raid Configuration? Should he add a 3rd Hard drive?

Any opinions would be appreciated. I have never built a system for Video editing before only gaming systems.

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Old April 11th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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I would go for a smaller main (OS) drive and 2 large working drives

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Should I partition any of the drives?
No.

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Should I leave one drive for OS only?
Yes.
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Is it worth setting up a Raid Configuration?
For speed (RAID 0) yes, for security (RAID 1) yes.

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Should he add a 3rd Hard drive?
Yes.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #3
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Out of curiousity, why not partition the working drives? I mean granted each project being worked on will be contained in its own drive, will that hurt performance?
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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #4
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yes, because the head will physically need to access the system drive(partition) and the media partition.. so it needs to be in 2 places at once.. the wear and tear will trash the HDD in no time.. not to mention the lag
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Old April 15th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #5
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Hi Peter,

My setup is as follows:
- 1 physical OS & Software Drive. 160 gig.
- Multiple scratch/work drives, all physically 250 gigs each. With each drive partitioned into 2 125 gig partitions.

Even after capture, exported footage, dvd/hdv etc, I dont exceed 125 gigs per project so that works fine for me regarding space requirements.

In my case I don't think that I am plauged by the performance and disk wear problems that you mention even tho my work-scratch drive happens to be partitiioned, the key to it beign on a physically different drive then my system/os drive.
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