I'm in the midst of setting up a new PC for a DAW. I've finally gone
Win7 64 bit(I'm not interested in Win8 yet). I have one of the few multi-io midi
interfaces that will work on this OS on order (ESI-MU8XL). And have done a tentative
install of DAW software to check things are OK up to this point.
The machine in
question is a quad-core 3Ghz with 16GB Ram, Delta-1010 audio interface(Man was I happy to
see this is still able to be used!!!), and one slot left that I plan to use for a
usb/firewire card(TI chipset). I have installed two 2TB HDs - one for OS/apps and one for
storage. I would like to make this a dual-boot WinXp 32bit, Win7 64bit system. This way
I can move into the 64bit world and still have access to all of my 32 bit
What I was wondering about was a proper Hard drive schema to
set this up. I'm thinking of re-sizing the Win7 partition and installing XP on a new
partition - same HD. I've done a bit of research on this, and it doesn't look like too
painful a process - I could just start all over again if necessary.
seems reasonable to you guys, what I was thinking of was also partitioning the STORAGE
drive in a 32bit/64bit(FAT32/NTFS) sort of way.
I'm thinking of doing this
because, if I am not mistaken the file system used by the two different OS's is different
(FAT32 and NTFS), and as such, it could be possible that one OS won't be able to do all
that it should with a drive using a different file system - at least this is what I have
heard (I've never tried it). I also have a couple of external USB drives that I plan to
I was thinking of this sort of thing:
1 32bit libraries etc
2 64bit libraries etc
4 64bit storage
Does this sound sensible to you
guys? Is it overkill? Should I partition the storage drive even if I leave it as one
file system? Any other suggestions?
Can't wait to get the new midi interface!!!
I still run a "hybrid" set up (virtual instruments/FX and real-world hardware). Shame
they don't make many multi-io interfaces that work on 64bit OS's. There are still a few
of us "hard-core" hardware users out there.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/tips/advice/warnings.