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Partition audio/samples drive or not?


armenjc

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I'm in the process of installing a lot of software to use with Logic 8 - it's all sound library stuff (EWSO Gold, QL Pianos, Storm Drum, etc). I'm spreading out the samples across my internal hard drives (three 1TB; one 320gb. System drive is one of the 1TB drives). I read that my system will run more efficiently if I do this.

 

I'm wondering about partitioning my drives. Is there a pro or con to partitioning my 1TB drives? I'm just wondering if that's necessary or not.

 

My system:

2.8 eight-core, 10 GB RAM Mac OS X (10.5.4) Logic 8

Drives: Three 1TB; one 320gb (system drive is one of the 1TB drives)

 

Thanks!

Armen

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Using the 1TB as your system drive is probably overkill, although it can't hurt. But unless you have tons of apps installed, a 320GB as a system drive would be my first choice.

 

I wouldn't partition drives. With faster drives nowadays, the only time I'll use partitioning is for organization, and I find it easier and more flexible to organize my drives without partitions.

 

I'm using a 2.8 eight core, 6 GB RAM, OS 10.5.5 and 4 drives, 320GB system drive, one 750 GB for my sound libraries, one 1TB for my projects, and a 4th drive that I swap as needed (right now it's a smaller older drive from which I needed to pull some data).

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Here's what I did; it seems to be working well:

 

Model: ........................... MacPro3,1 2008

Processor: .......................Dual Quad-Core Xeon

Processor Speed: ..............2.8GHz x 8

Memory: .........................16GB 800Mhz DDR-2 FB DIMM

Graphics card: ................. Ati Radeon HD 3870 512Mb Ram

Audio card: ......................Apogee Duet Firewire

Hard drive 1: ................... WDC WD3000HLFS 300GB VelociRaptor for OSX

Hard drive 1 speed: ...........10,000 RPM

Internal or external: ..........Internal

Hard drive 2,3,and4 ..........Samsung F1 Spinpoint 750GB all dedicated for samples

Hard drive 2,3,and4 speed: 7500 RPM

Internal or external: ..........All Internal

Hard drive 5: ................... Samsung F1 Spinpoint 750GB for WXP Pro 32-bit

Hard drive 5 speed: ...........7500 RPM

Internal or external:.......... Internal w/aftermarket tray in 2nd optical bay

Hard drive 6: WDC ????? ....Firewire 300GB for Time Machine

Hard drive 6 speed: .......... 7500 RPM

Internal or external: ......... External Firewire400

 

Sequencer:....................... Logic Studio 8

OS:................................. OSX Leopard 10.5.5

PLAY version: .................. 1.0.046

Audio settings:................. 44100 Hz Buffer 256 sample rate

Streaming settings:........... Engine level 1

Overload enabled: .............Yes 80%

 

Do you use FX Teleport, V-Stack etc. and how: No

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Using the 1TB as your system drive is probably overkill...

 

I have about 400+ GB in music files that I keep on iTunes (lots of uncompressed compositions of mine and other composers). I use iTunes to catagorize all the music I compose. I figured I'll keep them on my system drive so they won't take up space on my internal drives that I use as a destination for Logic recordings and sample libraries.

 

I guess my real question was if this computer handles streaming samples from partition #1 and partition #2 simultaneously more efficiently than streaming the same samples off of must one drive.

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I guess my real question was if this computer handles streaming samples from partition #1 and partition #2 simultaneously more efficiently than streaming the same samples off of must one drive.

 

No, you won't gain anything by partitioning.

 

And with a large iTunes library like that, then yes, a 1TB system drive does make sense after all.

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The speed of large streams of data exceeding the HD's cache size is limited by the mechanical limits of the drive, i.e. how fast the disc surfaces pass the read/write heads. If the HD's cache can be successfully used, there is still a limit by the interface.

Partitioning can't addess any of these limits, as there is no more than one interface and one mechanical set; these things are being shared by all partitions on a drive.

Partitioning is just a matter of organization and management.

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