Twin drive audio pc setup

  Logov 14:33 05 Feb 07

I'd like to build a new dedicated audio workstation using two hard drives; the first a 10,000 rpm 74GB SATA which will contain the OS (XP) + applications + data, the second drive 400GB 7,200 rpm SATA will be for storage of audio files (songs/projects).

Currently I have a single drive pc which does all and is slow. I built this myself but its been awhile. Setting up the primary drive and installing the software is fine but I'm not sure about the storage drive ie jumper settings, seperate cables, do I need to install an OS or just format it, then how to send files to it once installed?

Are there any links people know of that will help me understand this?

  Diodorus Siculus 15:08 05 Feb 07

Adding the second drive will not be a problem; as it is SATA, there is no need to be concerned about jumpers etc.

You will not need to install an operating system; simply format it and partition if you so wish.

What do you mean by "send files to it"?

  Logov 16:16 05 Feb 07

Thanks for the response.

This is probably very obvious but just to make sure, are there any protocols when saving files to the second drive or is it simply a case of "save in" and then selecting the drive letter or because its a completely seperate drive do I need to create a pathway to it via a specialist programme? (Apologies if that was really dumb).

  Diodorus Siculus 16:19 05 Feb 07

Saving files to the second drive will not be a problem; one option is to create a new folder on it and then via the properties of My Documents you can point My Documents to the new folder. Then it will save files there.

As you say, you simply choose the new disk when given the option "save in"

  Logov 16:34 05 Feb 07

Thanks again.

As part of my work I acoustically record a lot of short passages of music which I later use in other projects either as they stand or incorporate them as loops. In order to do this how quickly am I able to recall these samples from the storage drive? Or if I am forced to copy them to the OS drive my 74GB will go in no time. If you get my drift

  Diodorus Siculus 17:00 05 Feb 07

You can use the second drive in exactly the same way as the first; no problems.

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