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Old 08-09-2001, 12:09 AM
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Default Big Hard Drives

Just wondering if anyone knows if there are any disadavantages in using a 50gig or more hard drive with Pro Tools. Also, how big should the partitions be, if at all.

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Old 08-09-2001, 12:16 AM
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I use a 60GB 7200 RPM Maxtor. It is a single 60GB partition. I have no problem with it. With large partitions it might take a couple of seconds to enter record mode if you don't select a recording time limit in your preferences. It might take quite a while to defrag larger partitions as well. I defrag while I sleep, so that's not a problem either.

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Old 08-09-2001, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: Big Hard Drives

I don't think size is a problem in general. Although certain aspects of ProTools can create slow starts if your drive is one huge partion and you have the option checked to use the maximum available space when recording. You can general eliminate these issues as Quickdraw mentioned by setting a time limit on your recording time or partitioning into smaller partitions.

Personally I recommend partitioning the large drives into 15 - 20gig partitions which will allow a 60 min 48khz/24bit session to fit no problem with room to spare, but keep the cluster size down for drive efficiency. But I have to admit that for audio recording the larger cluster sizes won't matter as much because the file sizes are large. For me it comes down to organization. I like to keep my projects seperated on different partitions, but as Quickdraw mentioned defrag time will be cut down as well.

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