Thinking of upgrading the pc to edit AVCHD with Sony Vegas Studio 10. Not many motherboards support IDE now, and I have three sata 160G to replace them. The boot drive is already an 80G sata, and one of the 160G would replace the other internal edit IDE drive. The remaining two will connect via USB/sata interface to capture from camera.
Another reason is the IDE caddy fitting is becoming unreliable.
I have in mind, an Intel i5 2400k, Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 DDR3 mobo with USB 3, or Asus P8Z68-V. Both are SKT 1155.
I doubt I will need bluetooth, and the video o/p ports as I use PCI express GFX. I can buy locally, and see what I`m getting.
I still use Prem.Pro 1.5, and Win. XP. It's duel boot, and Win 7 is a possibility for Vegas.
I hope this will be an improvement over the present 3G 2 core duo, but unsure about comparing processor speed. So am I heading in the right direction please?
Bear in mind tha the new version of Vegas will allow Cuda/Open gL to help render/preview so a good video card will help speed up things as well
Go for 64bit and you can have more memory
I have an i7 laptop with 8Gb beats my Qcore, a 7 hour render now takes 3/4 using 64bit |SV10
I also use a Sata caddie, makes swapping drives a doddle
Thanks for that link, Z Cheema, that`s a good price.
Another way is a caddy to replace the old IDE, or a Sata Easy Swop HDD Mobile Rack as sold by Maplin.
The original idea was a USB or e-sata docking station. Not all motherboards have e-Sata, so another problem.
GFX card is nVidia GeForce 8600 GT. I think it uses Cuda, or it`s available. I shall look into the 64 bit – that`s very fast!
Bought and fitted the sata Easy Swap Maplin mobile rack.
Not too sure what I think of this yet, I seem to have a few problems.
I have two red sata cables that came with the motherboard-Asus P5LD2-X/1333. They are not very flexible, and the connection to the motherboard can be intermittent. I am hoping a new all sata will be an improvement.
After booting, if I put a sata drive in the caddy, it`s not shown in My Computer. It appears after a re-boot. Any attempt to “Hot Swap” doesn`t read the new drive, but still sees the contents of the one removed. I have had to run check disk because files were supposed to be corrupt.
At the moment, I am not liking this device at all, and now thinking of a change to the USB sata docking station.
I don't think SATA is hot-swappable. I believe the nearest you can get is an external enclosure (which would be eSATA) with separate power switch, then:
(a) logically eject or safely remove the disk from the desktop or computer,
(b) power down external enclosure,
(c) swap drives,
(d) power external enclosure back up
(e) wait for drive to mount.
That makes more sense, and works the same as the IDE caddy I`m looking to replace. If the sata connections stay put it may be ok. It has a two pin connection for a HDD LED. I am using it as slave, so there`s nowhere to plug that in.
I think Maplin have got it wrong! It should be for a boot disk only, and it`s not Hot Swappable.
Do a search for hotswap!.exe and check that AHCI is enabled in the computer BIOS.
HotSwap! Will add your non-system drives to the Eject icon in Windows (safely remove device) just like a USB device.
Personally I prefer to shut down the machine. I don't like the idea of pulling a spinning drive out.
AHCI does not appear in the BIOS on my pc. A search reveals lots of information relating to Hot Swap errors, but so far the file escapes me. Sata on this pc is somewhat iffy as it is. I have had intermittent problems booting since I changed the boot drive from IDE to sata. The motherboard connection is not as good as the IDE.
The BIOS sees the drive, but windows doesn`t always. although I have managed to format and copy folders. I must admit that this whole idea is a waste of time. My IDE caddy works well, but I can't say that about this sata one. I shall exchange it for the USB docking station.
I have exchanged the caddy for the sata docking station. All worked first time, and all sata drives are seen by windows.
I found a sata cable with metal spring clips. That`s a much better idea!
So thanks everyone for your help.
Consulting the Net, there are suggesations there is no speed difference, and AHCI is used for RAID which I don`t need.
Any thoughts please?
I`m surprised the driver was not included with the M/B driver disk, and even more that XP actually has it.
Thanks again Alan, that is most helpful.
I shall also image the drive first-just in case, and try a new setup using F6 to see what happens, having first set the BIOS to AHCI.
There is a readme txt file that tells me to download the Intel Matrix Storage utility, but this seems elusive, or I am directed to everything but…..
My son sees more PC`s than I do, and he has never come across this before. So sorry for wasting your time, and thank`s very much for your help.