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Old 09-16-2003, 12:08 AM
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Hey all! New to the boards and pro-tools here. I'm sure this has been adressed but I couldnt find a post completely on topic so here goes again.

What size hard drive is optimal for my audio drive? Is there an advantage to a 40gig vs 120 vs 200? I've heard that the smaller drives are faster but I'm not sure thats still a significant consideration. Is the advantage to one or the other theoretical or will it be noticable? (talking strictly IDE here). What about partition size? Does that make a difference and what is a safe size for 32 tracks with about 10 mins or so per song?

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Old 09-16-2003, 02:45 AM
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Is there an advantage to a 40gig vs 120 vs 200?
There are a couple of advantages for using smaller drives:

1) Smaller drives defragment faster.
2) When a smaller drive crashes you lose less data!

If you do a lot of audio editing that results in small file sizes and/or lots of fade files you will need to defrag once in a while for optimum performance. You'll notice a big difference in defrag times between a 40GB drive and a 200GB drive!

Drives eventually do fail. It's a fact of life. You'll lose a lot less data if you have 200GB of data spread across 5, 40GB drives instead of one 200GB drive. If you only have a single 200GB drive and it has a physical head crash, you might possibly lose everything on it. If you spread your risk across several physical drives you lose less if one of them fails.

I don't have much of a suggestion for drive sizes. I always have bought 40GB drives. They are available at prices I can afford and justify, and I can easily fit 2 or 3 albums or more material on there including final mix bounces and mastering files. You might need more space if you keep everything you ever record and you do a lot of takes.

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Old 09-16-2003, 04:40 AM
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I just installed the WD 36Gig SATA drive that spins at 10K, works like a charm and the disk and SATA controller card was 200 bucks from www.newegg.com.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:45 AM
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Sounds good, but it's about 3 times as much money as a 40G 7200rpm EIDE drive. I don't think the performance gain justifies the cost.

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Old 09-16-2003, 01:10 PM
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I really need to conduct more tests to push the disk... but for the most part you're probably right.
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Old 09-16-2003, 03:25 PM
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Sounds good, but it's about 3 times as much money as a 40G 7200rpm EIDE drive. I don't think the performance gain justifies the cost.
i bet you'll notice a difference if that's your system drive. not with PT, but with general windows stuff, like how fast menus come up and how fast programs load, etc...

by the way, for the record, i totally agree with quickdraw...
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Old 09-16-2003, 03:33 PM
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me too, I like 40-60G audio drives, as many as it takes.
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I just installed the WD 36Gig SATA drive that spins at 10K, works like a charm and the disk and SATA controller card was 200 bucks from www.newegg.com.

You probably wont get the dreaded -9073 Hard disk to slow error. And if you do, I'll crap myself.

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Old 09-16-2003, 05:05 PM
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You probably wont get the dreaded -9073 Hard disk to slow error. And if you do, I'll crap myself.

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That's what I'm thinking... what I'm doing now is formatting the hard drive with the largest block size 64K then lots of testing... then reformat it with the smallest block size and see how the benchmarks go for PT.

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