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to Raptor or not.....
Old 22nd May 2006
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to Raptor or not.....

If I plan on working at 24/96, should I buy a raptor for my audio drive , or will a regular 7200 rpm SATA drive work do me just as well ? I´ve seen where formating a normal 7200 rpm sata drive with 64 kb cluster size improves audio performance of audio files. How many tracks of 96 khz audio can I run with both types of drives ? Thanks, Luke
Old 22nd May 2006
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I use a small SATA Raptor 36g, but i only track in 24/44.1, so you may want to opt for the larger variety. I like to dump my audio files to another drive quite often. One reason I like the 36g is the format speed. Waiting for several hours on a 120g drive is aggravating. Since all of my pc innards & DAW were upgraded since I last used a 7200rpm, I honestly couldn't tell you how much improvement there is. I look at it like can never have too much. I don't see any reason you couldn't format a 10k drive the same cluster size and still see an improvement, if that's the case.
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