Just completed the build of my new Core i7 2600 Sandy Bridge system and will be installing Win 7 64 bit. As my laptop is my main computer, the new system will be used lightly for general computing tasks, but mainly for running Cubase 6 to record live instruments (including 8-12 live drum tracks at a time), supplemented with MIDI, VST Instruments, Plug Ins, and to a small degree, some loops and samples.
I have two hard drives (WD Caviar Black 500GB and 1TB SATA 6.0gb/s) and plan to use the 500 GB drive for OS and programs, and the 1 TB drive for storage and samples. I also have a 500GB WD Caviar Blue 7200rpm PATA drive in an external USB enclosure for back ups/transfers.
I’d like some advice/opinions on how to configure the two hard drives to maximize speed, efficiency, and organization for recording projects. Should I partition one or both drives? If so, how would you divide the partitions? Any help is greatly appreciated.