External HD vs. Music Partition
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    Hi guys,

    i've been wondering how you guys think about it,

    does it make much difference for your pc performance if you keep all your music on a seperate partition or on a external hard disk?

    I kept it some time on a harddisk (portable so usb powered) but i constantly had issues with it, now i have it on a partition and all problems are solved.

    But would it cause latency?

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    It's pretty common to have a data partition, and an OS partition. Don't know what effect it will have on performance, though.
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    Mine is all on the same partition. Don't think it really makes any difference if the data is on the same physical disk.
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    It is usually a good idea to separate data and the OS/programs onto different physical and/or logical volumes.

    1) installing new/fresh OS's is easier.
    2) reduces the risk of total failure. Caveat: using two physical drives is better than two logical drives
    3) Anecdotal evidence points to faster performance due to an additional drive for virtual memory and paging.

    I personally believe it is good practice to separate the two. My $0.02
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I'll keep it in mind, probably I'll keep everything on my partition as long as everything goes as it should. From the moment that I notice latency problems, it's time to buy a new external HD I guess.

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    An additional question,

    does anybody has experience with Usb sticks or SD cards to store your music?
    Is it as fast as a harddisk?

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    USB 2.0 can transfer data at speeds up to 120 MB/s
    I believe SD cards can transfer at speeds at around 90 MB/s
    Hard Disks (SATA II) can reach speeds up to 300 MB/s
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