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Storing Samples for Audio Production - What is the best way?

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I am currently running XPx64 for most usage and XPx32 for audio production due to driver issues with x64. I have 4 partitions, I for each if those and also one for Vista and the rest to store files used often, since my new drive is faster than the old ones I use for archive storage.

I have been debating using the Vista partition just for my samples to somehow save resources during high load usage. However, I think I would like to explore Vista more before I bag it.

My question is, which of my following choices would get me the best performance? Or is accessing audio files not even worth worrying about regarding performance?

1-Using the Vista partition stricly for samples/maybe the production files such as project files, plugin presets, and rendered tracks.

2-Put the samples on the large main storage partition with my music collection, and other files I use alot.

3-Use a partition on one of my 80G IDE drives if speed isn't an issue with accessing audio files.

Also, are there problems with having more than 4 partitions on one drive?
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What program are you using?
Some programs load the samples to ram and some stream from the disk.
You want those samples on the fastest of the drives. Sata > IDE
All those partitions are gonna create a ton of fragmentation on the drive. I'd worry about that more then anything.
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What program are you using?
Some programs load the samples to ram and some stream from the disk.
You want those samples on the fastest of the drives. Sata > IDE
All those partitions are gonna create a ton of fragmentation on the drive. I'd worry about that more then anything.
Thanks for the reply.

I use Nuendo with various VSTs, Battery and Kontakt for drums and samples. It loads samples when you open a project, but I'm not sure if they run from RAM or not. For now I'll keep them on the storage partition of the new 640G SATA HD for speed.

As for fragmentation, I defrag anytime I write any large amount to a disk or install anything, so much that all I see in the defragmentor is solid blue.
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