Where to install software, and where to store files...

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by unclejemima, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. unclejemima

    unclejemima Active Member

    So I'm almost ready to install my Protools, and also my Kontact.

    I've been told by some to install my Protools on my main hard drive (the one with windows on it) and to install my sample program on an external drive. Also, they say to record all audio files to the external drive.

    Because the program itself (Protools) is on the same drive as the OS, it will load quick, and the samples will load quick as well because they are on a separate drive that does not have to search through to many other files (aka, windows files and such)

    I'm running XP Pro sp2 installed on a 500g SATA drive, and my external is also a 500g SATA drive.

    Any idea's? Does it REALLY matter in what order or where I place my files? I've heard some people even have a dedicated "streaming" audio hard drive. What is the point of that?

    Thanks kindly,
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    "I've heard some people even have a dedicated "streaming" audio hard drive. What is the point of that? "

    Having a dedicated audio drives frees up the OS drive and lets your computer breathe. Less chance of drop outs and a healthier system as your OS drive doesn't get fragmented up full of audio.
  3. unclejemima

    unclejemima Active Member

    Thank you Greener,

    Where should I install my Protools? Should I leave that on the OS drive?
    I think I will install Kontact on my dedicated spare drive. Do I have to do anything to it so that it becomes a "streaming" audio drive?
  4. Greener

    Greener Guest

    OS and apps on one drive. Write audio to the other. Unless anyone can think why not?
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Leave the external drive purely for recorded audio. So XP, PT, Kontact and the samples (which are not accessed in real time) go on the internal system drive. Your PT target drive is the external one.

    What I/O hardware did you end up with?
  6. unclejemima

    unclejemima Active Member

    Perfect reply yet again! Thanks!
    Well, I ended up getting the M-audio ProFire 2626. I've always liked the old motu896, so this was the closest thing for me. Honestly, my Alesis IO26 does about the same (if not more) for less money, but wanting Protools made me go the way I did.
    I guess life is about compromises!
    I'm looking forward to the release of PT8.0 that greatly enhances the GUI of PT.
    Thanks for all the advice & Happy Recording,
  7. unclejemima

    unclejemima Active Member

    Oh, and as for apps such as Guitar Rig and such, they would go on my OS drive as well, right?
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Yup. All programs are to be installed on your main operating system drive. Samples along with their associated samples folder should also exist on your operating system drive. All recording should be directed to your external drive. So to be certain you understand? Raise your left hand. No. Your other left hand. Good.

    Left is right and right is wrong in television.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  9. unclejemima

    unclejemima Active Member

    Understood! :D :cool:


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