Disk setup dilemma. HELP!

Hello there,


Currently, I have 3 x 2TB HDD, 1 x 1TB HDD in my Mac Pro and here is my disk setup :

 

1 x 1TB 7200rpm HDD = OS and Applications

3 x 2TB HDD 7200rpm (RAID 0) = Everything else (Media, Projects, Exports, Previews, Media Cache)

 

From what I’ve heard and read, it is better to dedicated drives for certain files.

 

I’m planning to buy a 512gb SSD for my OS and applications (going to put this SSD in my 2nd optical drive’s free bay). So I wonder which disk setup is the best for doing intensive editing in Premiere Pro and animations + effects in After Effects (currently using CS5.5 but planning to upgrade to CS6).

 

Here is my 2 setup that I have in mind :

 

Setup 1

 

1 x 512gb SSD = OS and Applications

3 x 2TB HDD (RAID 0) = Media, Projects, Previews, Exports

1 x 1TB HDD = Media Cache

 

Setup 2

 

1 x 1TB HDD = OS and Applications

3 x 2TB HDD (RAID 0) = Media, Projects, Previews, Exports

1 x 512gb (or 256gb) SSD = Media Cache


Setup 3

 

1 x 512gb SSD = OS and Applications

2 x 2TB HDD (RAID 0) = Media, Projects

1 x 2TB HDD = Previews, Exports

1 x 1TB HDD = Media Cache

 

Setup 4

 

1 x 1TB HDD = OS and Applications

2 x 2TB HDD (RAID 0) = Media, Projects

1 x 2TB HDD = Previews, Exports

1 x 512gb (or 256gb) SSD = Media Cache

 

Some say that I should also have a dedicated drive for exports as well. But if I use 1 drive for both exports and previews, it’s still okay in terms of the read/write workflow isn’t it?

 

So, which setup is the best for performance for editing and rendering in Premiere Pro and After Effects? Or if you have other suggestions, please do tell me as well. Please do help me because I’m starting a new project soon and need to set everything as soon as possible. Many thanks!

 

*NOTE : I have a 4TB external HDD for backups*

 

Regards,

Ash

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