Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

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Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by Sir_Ricardo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09 pm

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Greetings -

I'm getting a Dell M6600 laptop with 2 internal drives

I'm wondering; should I install Cubase on the boot drive (the drive that has Windows and other programs), and store all the projects on the other drive?

Both drives are equally fast, 7,200 rpm

Any advantages in doing that? What would you do?

Thoughts?

thanks!

Richard

p.s. also - would using a SSD drive instead of a 7,200 rpm drive be significantly better?

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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by svennilenni » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:20 pm

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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by Sir_Ricardo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:43 pm

classic non-help reply

bad day?

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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by jgg » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:01 am

Yep, store your files on the 2nd drive. And back them up externally. :-)

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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by ANeeman » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:14 am

@Sir_Ricardo, do as you wish, as you feel comfortable, there are no rules for this! Backup to the external media is necessary anyway.

I have all on main drive, where Windows and Cubase installed. Just for fast access. Every night I backup all to external drive. Sometimes I backup all to second internal drive too. Double safe!
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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by Sir_Ricardo » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:24 am

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thanks for the replies, guys!

I'm asking because I heard that you get better performance if you have the Cubase program installed on your boot drive, but your Cubase files and projects on the 2nd drive.

Is that true? Something about the way drives read and write?

thanks

Ricardo

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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by JMCecil » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:23 pm

This depends a great deal on how you use your system and the components of your system.
Reading audio data and playing it back from your project requires some load time, but is typically cached.
Writing audio data is very disk/cpu intensive. So having a dedicated project hard drive is preferable with large projects where you are say writing stems a lot. This is a WRITE heavy situation. If you use sample libraries, you have a heavy READ situation on instrument load. How this affects your system will depend on which sampler/rompler engine you are using, the amount of RAM you have and the size of the libraries you want to load. How y our computer shares the read/write bandwidth between hard drives will have a big impact on how much gain there is for splitting those functions out to various hard drives. SSDs have much greater read and write speed. Hence why people prefer them. But, they are not all created equal. And not all systems benefit from that speed.
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Re: Install Cubase on main drive, store projects on 2nd drive?

Post by planarchist » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:48 pm

If you've got two drives then, "Yes" I'd put the program on the system drives and the Projects and/or Samples on the second drive. As JMC whether you'll actually see any benefit from this depends on your system and how big your projects are.

It used to be far more beneficial on earlier versions of DAWs when computers were less powerful.
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