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Hard Drive - System drive 20 GB or 60 GB

By MiamiPCTech ·
I have two IDE hard drives both ATA-133 on separate IDE Channels as masters on their channel.

One is 20 GB and the other 60 GB. Same manufacturer, same 7200 RPM.

I am doing Video Editing (Huge GBs Files).

Regarding performance, which of my two drives, 20 GB (windows Xp pro NTFS) or 60 GB (windows Xp pro NTFS) perform better as a system drive and the other as data storage.

Please only answer if you know the answer do not guess, as I am an experience technian and I will be able to tell if you are making stuff up.

Thanks,

MiamiPCTech

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by MiamiPCTech In reply to Hard Drive - System drive ...

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by bohicam1 In reply to Hard Drive - System drive ...

Make the 20GB drive your system drive and use the 60GB drive for data storage. To increase performance, move the pagefile from the C drive to the \ drive.

Mike

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by MiamiPCTech In reply to Hard Drive - System drive ...

Even though the answer was right. You did not give me a reason why you thought solution a was better than b. You simply assumed I would blindly trust 2-4 hours work on 1 1/2 lines. See Answer #2 for a good answer (complete). Thanks for trying though.

MiamiPCTech

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Hard Drive - System drive ...

What you should do is create a system partition on the 20GB Drive...it doesn't need to be even close to 20GB. Create a separate partition for your swap drive and then keep the 60 GB drive clear and defragmented. Your Video Editing package should allow you to designate the drive it should use to swap data also. Set it to swap and store the files on the 60GB drive.

In this situation, particularly with drives prices being so reasonable, you may want to consider a RAID array for this. When I worked in the Graphics Industry (15 years) most of our high end systems for photo/video/rendering had RAIDs to maximize throughput and performance. I also highly recommend you maximize your RAM as it will have a tremendous effect on video-editing with large files.

Good luck....

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by MiamiPCTech In reply to Hard Drive - System drive ...

Thank you. I will research the RAID suggestion. It all depends what my cost will be as I am an amateur. I will consider creating a Disk Stripe as I am using Windows XP Pro which simulates a raid system with software. Thank you very much for you input on this matter.

MiamiPCTech

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