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Old 01-20-2005, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Basic Disk or Dynamic Disk?


I recently upgraded my DAW (SONAR XL 2.2 to SONAR4); & the new version is a heavily graphic laden CPU hog, which causes operation to be, well...very sluggish. I was told by another upgrader that I may be able to help the problem a great deal by running the program off a dedicated partition.

I was looking through some Windows XP documentation; & learned that I can create a new Partition on a Basic Disk (from unused space); & a new Volume on a Dynamic Disk.

How do I determine which type of disk I have (Basic or Dynamic)?

& which is a better way to go (if possible to have either one)?


Dell Dimension 8250
Intel 850E Motherboard/Chipset
Intel P4 2.53GHz CPU (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
1024 MB PC1066 RDRAM
Ultra 60GB Primary HD (OS, Apps, Files/Folders.)
Maxtor DiamondMax 9+ 80GB Secondary HD (Audio Data only)
Nvidia 64MB GEFORCE4 MX420 AGP
Echo Audio Layla 24/96 PCI Audio Interface
Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP Plug-In System
WaveLab 5

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Old 01-20-2005, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default The info you're looking for.....

can be found here:

The differences (pros/cons) between disk types depends on your system and what you're doing with it, you can see the related topics at the bottom of the page in the link above for a comparison of the two.

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Old 01-20-2005, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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keep it basic as it is hell to change it back especially if you don't want to lose your data
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