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Best way to use Hard Drives with Cubase 7 and Third Party Plug-ins?

Postby pt007 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:56 am

Recording Gear:

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 8 Standard 64-bit
Intel Core i5 3470
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB)
Hard Drives: Corsair 120GB Force3 SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s, and a 1.5TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Interface: Focusrite Saffire Pro 56

This is my first self-build on a computer (still waiting for it to arrive), and I have also ordered Cubase 7. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to divide up programmes and third-party VSTs between the Solid-State hard drive and the standard one? I’d thought of using the SSD for Windows and Cubase, and putting third-party VSTs on the standard drive. If I store my projects on the standard drive (while I’m still working on them) will this slow things down? Also, would the same apply to VSTs if they are on a separate drive to Cubase? With only 120GB on the SSD it’s going to fill up pretty quickly!
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Re: Best way to use Hard Drives with Cubase 7 and Third Party Plug-ins?

Postby tim_obrien » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:01 pm

Best setup for any daw computer:

OS, apps and plugins on boot drive
Sample libraries on a second separate drive
Audio projects and tracks on a third separate drive.

vst's are tiny and do not need a separate drive
(sampler vst's like Kontakt can put their sample library CONTENT on a secondary drive)

IF you have to work with 2 drives, put the sample libraries and audio projects on the secondary drive.
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Re: Best way to use Hard Drives with Cubase 7 and Third Party Plug-ins?

Postby pt007 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:53 am

Thanks Tim!
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