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Old November 29th, 2005, 03:29 AM   #1
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Partitioning my second HD


I just got a second HD - a Seagate 160gb 7200. Ive installed it as the slave. I want to use this for my video editing as my other 60gb hard drive with the OS and programs is now almost full. With this new hard drive, my brother wants to put some of his files (videos and songs etc) on the new 160gb drive. I figured I could let him have a little bit ;) But I dont want things to get too congested, as the drive is intended to be primarily for video editing. Presently I have partitioned it into a 35gb NTFS partition for my brother and a 115gb Partition for my video. I know very little about partitioning, but is this ok? And is there any special way a drive dedicated for video editing (i.e no OS) should be partitioned?

Thanks for any help, Im a bit confused with all this :)

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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #2
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You should use the NTSF format. You are very brave to let your brother have 35GB of space on your drive. It is better to keep your video drive just for video files - you can never have too much space. The more your drive space is used up, eg when you get to 70% or more of your 115GB partition, the more your edit perforformance will be compromised.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 07:40 PM   #3
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It is a good policy to use only 70% of the drive for editing, so that 160gb drive after formatting will yield only 149GB of usable space. Then if you use it for editing that will represent a max of 104.3 gb of usable space.... at roughly 13gb per hour for DV25... you see how fast it can fill... then add audio, stills, graphics.

So, it depends on how much and how serious your projects are... if you're only doing a family video, you should be OK if you delete most of the files after delivery. But if you partition off 35 gigs, you're starting with and editing drive of only - 149-35=114, then take 70% of that for usable space and you're only going to have roughly 80 gigs...

So, I'd encourage you to use the 160 for editing alone, but if you can't, hey.
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