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Except when using SONY Vegas Pro 10 I am not sure that it is reliant on the graphics card for rendering. Earlier versions fo Vegas for sure don’t use the graphics card for rendering, so I am not sure that a more capable video card is the answer.
A dual (or more) RAID maybe. I do not use RAID arrays due to the difficulties in rebuilding a failed array, as most people use a stripped array for video because it gives you the extra speed. Only a mirrored array gives you redundancy though. To get a stripped and mirrored array that gives you speed plus redundancy requires 4 identical hard drives, and for most folks that is not cost effective when needing multiple Drives too, though some just use RAID on the system OS drive.
You would be surprised at the speed increase you can get just by moving the Windows paging file (swap file) to another drive.
I have found that using multiple hard drives set up this way offers very good speed even without RAID.
C: system OS and software programs.
D:swap file (paging file for some versions of windows)
E:Capture and short term storage (sometimes called originating drive)
F: Rendering drive
For long term storage I use a hard drive dock and a hard drive for each client.
Composite1 is correct when he says you just can’t really do video editing with a single hard drive. As a Vegas user I can also tell you that Vegas doesn’t like the swap file (paging file) to be on a drive it is reading or writing to. That means a minimum of 3 hard drives to start seeing the better speed Vegas is capable of, and 4 or 5 is even better. However with hard drive costs coming down this is not a huge obstacle.
The set-up above works well for me and I do NOT have the new 6gb SATA-3, though I would sure use them if I could, and my next system will have them. Right now I am using SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
3.0Gb/s 3.5″ hard drives, with Windows XP Pro and SONY Vegas 9…