DAW hard drive partitioning to maximize performance
This might be over optimizing, but it's now just getting to the point where I'm curious to know what the best solution would be.
First off, my setup- I'm running Sonar 6 Producer on WinXP64 with two processors. I have two physical hard drives, with a third slower drive kicking around that I don't have connected to anything. I was thinking I'd optimize things a little bit and keep the page file on its own partition on the second drive, while Sonar is on the first drive. But I also want to keep all of the audio files on a separate drive from Sonar for efficiency.
I know that partitioning a drive helps keep fragmentation down (makes it faster), but it makes the drive head have to skip from partition to partition if it's accessing two files from different partitions on the same drive simultaneously (makes it slower), which is why the fastest approach is to be accessing two files from completely different drives simultaneously.
The question is, how should I partition my drives to maximize performance? Should I have the paging partition and the audio file partition be on one drive, while sonar is on another drive? or is that worse than just having the paging file or the audio stuff on the same hard drive as sonar? would it actually be worth it to install that third hard drive and have everything on a separate drive? (i hope not.)
this is more of an academic question by now, i'm sure it really doesn't matter THAT much- but if i've come this far, i don't want to spend all this time to only make things worse. Thanks guys!