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installing a second hard drive

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Blaine, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. Blaine

    Blaine Guest

    I'm just getting started with my switch over to pc recording and I would like to add a second hard drive to my pc to used for music. I have a P111 with 256 megs of ram. The hard drive I have now is a Quantum Fireball 20.4 gig but it's 5400 and I've been finding out that my system seems to be a little shakey when working in Vegas and adding plugins. I was just going to order a second drive when I read a post about having seperate controllers for each drive and as I read on I realized that this may not be a plug and play type of upgrade. Where can I find the skinny on doing this. Thanks
    Blaine
     
  2. weezy christ

    weezy christ Guest

    get a SCSI 10,000 rpm speed drive as your audio drive (you'll need a SCSI adapter PCI card too). leave the software on the main 5400 rpm drive, and record audio to the SCSI. your computer is probably fast enough and has a good amount of RAM, so the only other issue may be your motherboard.

    hope that helps.
     
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Telling someone to get a SCSI drive in a system is nice but I wouldnt totally reccomend it..going withi two IDE 7200RPM ATA100 drives will do just fine to be honest. SCSI in my experience is more unstable and unpredictable and usually has to be serviced after some time...IDE rarely goes bad. Yes SCSI is fast but with today's specs on IDE drives it's not an issue. I would get a second IDE and place it on the Secondary IDE cable..keeping each drive to it's own controller is what he was referring to here. So..get a second IDE drive..dont worry about SCSI..trust me
    Opus
     
  4. weezy christ

    weezy christ Guest

    to each his own bla bla
     
  5. Blaine

    Blaine Guest

    thanks for the info.....so if I decided to add a second hard drive Would I want it to have it's own controller or just buy a good drive and pop it in.

    Blaine
     
  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Wheezy...hee hee!! You are absolutely right!! Whatever floats your boat right?!! :D
    Anyways..just get yourself another drive and pop it in on the Secondary IDE cable and all will be well.
    Opus
     
  7. Blaine

    Blaine Guest

    Thank you! I'm off to order......
     
  8. DOCWILSON50

    DOCWILSON50 Guest

    I have to agree with "Wheezy Christ" SCSI is fast and reliable. I'c currently a Adaptec 2940 uw controller withmy scsi's and the trur put fast and flawless. Not like my typing.
     
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Yes...SCSI is fast but most people dont want to have to learn how to reconfigure PCI slots and IRQ's to get it working. Also the fact that some systems dont need it due to little track amounts and so forth.
    Opus
     

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