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Partiton Scheme for 2x1TB

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My friend got two Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drives for the build I'm assembling for him, and I'd like some input on the partition scheme. The machine is a basic home system, but he also does light video editing with Sony Vegas 9 and Windows Live Movie Maker.

Based on this thread http://www.overclock.net/other-softw...n-one-hdd.html, keeping the page file away from the video files is a good idea. He has 4GB RAM, so page will likely be used. I'm currently thinking about this:

Drive 1
C: OS and Programs (200GB) - obvious
F: Data Storage (800GB) - for his music, documents, and misc data

Drive 2
G: Videos (1TB) - Source and Output videos.

I know that, ideally, he'd have more HDDs/SSDs, but this is what he can afford. While this does stick the second drive with input/output, it keeps the page on C: with Windows. Would this be better?

Drive 1
C: OS and Programs (200GB)
F: Videos (800GB)

Drive 2
G: Page File (~8GB to be safe?)
H: Data Storage (the rest)

It puts the page on the fastest portion of Drive 2, but input/output gets stuck with the OS and the video software.

Thoughts?
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Drive 1:
C: OS and Programs (you won't need much space - heck even 100GB would probably do
D: Documents and other data (800GB or so)
E: Output video files (the remainder of that HDD)
Drive 2:
F: Page file (some 8GB or so)
G: Video source files/work files (pretty much the entire drive)

Don't know about you but that's how I would do it
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Should the source files be with the page file? Your post seems to indicate that's where most of the performance reduction comes from:

Quote:
This means that a lot of read-write to the hard drive is RAM being transferred to the pagefile. At the same time, while playing the video preview, the source files have to be read from the hard drive. This can create a conflict...With the pagefile now on the separate 7200.10 drive, the same HDD no longer has to switch between reading the source files to be put on the preview window and writing other unused areas in RAM back to the pagefile. The conflict is gone.
This is why both of my setups keep the video files and the page file on separate drives. Did I misread you?
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
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