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  • 3 HDs: Where to place OS, Software, Samples and Audio?

    It's in my signature. basically 3 different HDs(from older,slower,smaller to bigger,newer,faster).
    I use my DAW to record jazz/funk/rock sometimes I like to play with a lot of VSTs on top,
    Bust mostly it's just several tracks of audio, mostly guitars and such with Superior Drummer and some Keyboard or bass VST.
    1) The basic question is: on which drive should I place my OS, Software(plugins) Samples. Audio & Projects etc...
    2) I think that most of the heavy use is porbebly VST(I might be wrong though) and my questions is how does the RAM and HD work? 'cause I know VSTs are loaded to the RAM, so maybe having the samples on a fast drive will just shorten Loading time and not make "Working Time" smoother and I should use the faster HD for audio, but does the audio load to the vst?

    Thanks in advance.

    (new) PC:CPU: i5 3470PSU: Dunno YetM-Board: Gigabyte H77RAM: 2X4GB DDR 3 1600Graphics: Intel Graphics HD 2500Hard Drives: Western Digital: 1TB Black(WD1002FAEX), 500GB Green(WD5000AACS), 160GB(WD1600ADFD)OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BitAudio Hardware:External Audio Interface: PreSonus FireBoxAmplifier: InterM PA-2000aMics: Shure SM57 & KSM27

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    Best setup for any DAW:

    OS, apps and plugins on boot drive

    Sample libraries on separate drive

    Audio projects and tracks on third separate drive.


    All drives should be 7200rpm

    'green' drives generally not reccomended as they will spin down to save power, causing a delay as they spin up again.

    If it was me I'd use the 160gb for os, apps and plugs, the 500gb as a Projects/misc drive and the 1tb for sample libraries.  But that's just me.

    Tim O'Brien