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Preparing Your Drives Before Installing NLE Software

Preparing Your Drives Before Installing NLE Software

Follow these tips prior to doing the installation:

  • For best performance, including the smoothest possible real-time playback, segregate programs and data onto separate disks or partitions. All things considered, it's best to run two physically separate disks. This buys you faster performance and a better margin of crash protection.

  • If you don't already have one or two big hard drives installed, stop now and install them. If you're planning on using a single disk, get the biggest one you can find. If you're planning on running two disks, size the first one by calculating how much storage space you'll need for the operating system, the NLE program, and any other programs, such as postproduction tools, you plan to use. Then add at least another 50 percent as a cushion for expansion. Since this calculation is at least partially theoretical, it's a good idea to make that primary partition as big as possible.

  • Calculate the size of the second drive based on the running time of the typical project you will be editing. For DV, you'll need 13 GB of storage for every hour of program. Multiply that by one more than your typical shooting ratio (for instance, if you shoot 4:1, multiply by five) to arrive at your minimum requirement. So if your movie will run two hours and you have an average of four takes for every shot, you'll need:

    13 GB/hr × 2 hr × 5 versions = 130 GB total

  • Put the operating system on the primary drive; eventually you'll put data on the other. (Any external drives should always be the data disks.)

  • If you must run your system on just one hard disk, you'll need to partition it into two logical drives. (Since this will wipe out all existing data, be sure to make and verify a full backup first.)

  • The size of your partitions will be limited by the size of your hard disk. This makes the following calculations a bit complex; work out the numbers on paper before you proceed, and make any adjustments and compromises necessary.

    LOGICAL DRIVES: Partitioning procedure by which a single physical hard disk appears to the user as two or more separate disks.


  • Base the ideal size of the secondary partition as just described for a secondary drive—allowing 13 GB of storage per hour of video data.

  • Put the operating system on the primary (boot) partition; eventually you'll put your data on the second partition.


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