“However, using partitions


“However, using partitions does not solve many problems.”


You’re correct in that partitioning should not be your primary solution. Ultimately you’ll need other drives. On my full-sized workstations I cram as many drives in as it will hold. Ideally, you want one drive for your OS and programs, one (preferably RAID’ed) for video, one for graphics (photos included), one for dedicated motion graphics and animations and one for audio. However, unless you’re hard into that level of work and can afford it, you’ll have to double up on harddrive duties.

Partitioning your OS drive is smart for two reasons (that I’ve found out the hard way): One, your OS and programs put the most load on your computer so your ‘C’ or ‘OS drive’ is the workhorse for storage and operating your computer. Partitioning it (particularly if it is 500GB or larger) and putting only your OS and working programs alone reduces the load your ‘C’ Drive must perform as there will be less information for it to search through. Not to mention lowering the amount of time regular maintenance like Defrag, Disk Checking, Restoring and Backing up will take.

Having backup files and other files you aren’t constantly accessing on the second partition is also insurance. Most times when an OS drive ‘poops the bed’ is from some corruption of an important OS file that can render the drive inoperable. Bad news is, if you can’t reload the OS software long as the harddrive disc integrity is undamaged you’ll have to reformat. However, since the partition is separated from the OS portion, after you perform a reload of the OS you’ll still be able to access the data stored on the partition.

When you ‘mirror’ a RAID drive, you’re doing something similar. The trade-off for partitioning your OS drive is you’ll have to be more mindful of how much stuff you put on your OS partition. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be loading a bunch of potential crap on your OS drive anyway. Especially if you are using it for digital media work.


That also sounds like a plan. Just keep in mind your CPU and RAM requirements particularly if you are going to be using AVCHD video. I also agree with Imennigen about getting more than 4GB of RAM for working with HD. You can squeak by in the 64-bit environment on a laptop with 4GB, long as you are just doing straight cuts or graphic/motion graphic work not yet composited. First chance you get lay one of those ‘gold eggs’ and get yourself some extra RAM. One thing about RAM is ‘more is more!’

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