Hey all (hoping to post in the right section this time :P)
So I am building a new rig, almost done. But I am wondering what would be the best hard drive setup for it.
There are a few things I know I want, but some things are still TBD. The plan so far :
- DRIVE1 SSD 120GB OCZ Pixel (solid state)
Primary 'work' OS (XPPro 64, with 6Gigs of ram) and main apps (2D and 3D apps, nothing else)
I also want to store a disc image of that drive somewhere, to be loaded on startup every time to ensure a super clean and stable environment. Or, even if it's not loaded at every boot, at least saving that config somewhere in case something happens.
- DRIVE2 HDD 1TB (platter)
This drive would store : the secondary OS dedicated to gaming (XP home), and all the secondary apps accessed by the primary OS (all the little things : 7Zip, FTP access, all that) This would be partition A.
I also want to store there all the art files I am currently working on partition B.
- DRIVE3 USB HDD 500GB Seagate FreeAgent external (platter)
This one stores all reference material, tutorials, ebooks, movies, music and anything else that I need to carry around and share on other computers. I keep plugging that one in and out. I use it already, working great so far and seems very stable. It basically holds everything that I don't mind loosing :P
- DRIVE4 USB HDD 320GB Seagate FreeAgent external (platter)
I already use that one as a backup for personal art. It is very rarely plugged in or accessed. I just dump all my art folder in it once in a while. It's a very basic manual backup solution but I know I can trust it.
- DRIVE5 is still to be decided (I have 2 300GB SATA leftover drives I can use for that)
This is where I want to have an automatic backup of the whole art folder from drive2B. I want this to be fully transparent, as in, whenever I create a edit a file on 2A, it gets saved on 5 aswell.
This is where I need help! I don't know what to use to keep Drive5 up to date in a transparent manner. Maybe I should use some kind of syching app performing the bakup on startup or shutdown or when the computer is idle? Also I don't know if this should be external or internal. Somehow USB doen't sound very smart for this.
Also do you think that this setup makes any sense at all? Or maybe I am missing on a better solution? Maybe I should use revision control?
Last but not least, considering all the above, what is the best drive to use as a Photoshop scratch disc? I always heard it needs to be a different drive than the one Photoshop is installed on. But maybe SSDs change the problem completely?
(also : no need for music and movie storage on this machine, music all taken care of on my laptop I use as a mediacenter with drive3)
Thanks if you can help!!