Hard Drives -
It's important to have quality hard drives in your computer. I say drives
because a single HD rarely will do.
When building a computer optimized for performance,
and especially when you're going to record audio, speed is just as important as
the amount of storage space.
You could buy a 250 GB drive, but even if you partition it down to several
parts it wouldn't perform as good as several smaller hard drives.
Because no matter how many partitions all disk operations happen to the same
physical hard drive, and the computer can't read from several places on the same
physical disk at once.
Why is hard drive performance so important when recording audio?
Because high quality uncompressed audio files quickly take up
a lot of space, and if your HD can't keep up, you'll experience pops and clicks in the
recordings or other kinds of quality setbacks.
The optimal hard
disks for recording are
SCSI Hard drives. SCSI stands for Small Computers System Interface and
is used for relieving the CPU of certain parts in your computer, in this case
the hard drive.
This means the SCSI drives rely on a
(a PCI card in your computer) instead of the CPU. With
this you're increasing performance to your hard drive and freeing up CPU
resources for other important tasks.
The bottom line: SCSI drives are highly recommended for high quality audio
recording, although this technology is rather expensive. But if you're dedicated
to building a recording studio capable of producing high quality music, I say
this is the way to go.
I'm on a budget and can't afford this, then what?
One or several "regular"
IDE Hard Drives will do for most home recording studios. But there's a
few things to keep in mind:
Physical drive speed should be
at least 7200 RPM or more
The hard drive should have cache
memory (new hard drives usually come with 8 or 16 MB of cache memory).
It should support Direct Media
Access (most new hard drives do).
Do not buy one 240 GB hard drive, get
two 120 GB drives instead (or three 80 GB drives), this way you'll add
flexibility and increase performance.