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Hi-

 

If you have an internal system drive loaded with your OS and playback software and an internal data drive in a PC, and the data drive exclusively holds the music library (nothing else), is one drive more responsible for contributing noise to the audio playback than the other (assume 2 identical HD's)?

 

Thanks

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

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In a strict sense, yes - the drive that experiences the most usage during audio playback may contribute more noise during the playback process than the other. That is usually (but not always) the OS drive, since the music file is likely buffered up into system RAM.

 

In the sense I think you may have meant the question, no, so long as one or the other drive is operating to specification and is not about the fail, etc.

 

-Paul

 

Hi-

 

If you have an internal system drive loaded with your OS and playback software and an internal data drive in a PC, and the data drive exclusively holds the music library (nothing else), is one drive more responsible for contributing noise to the audio playback than the other (assume 2 identical HD's)?

 

Thanks

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+1 to Pauls answer. The OS drive is in constant use as bits of code are swapped to memory at need, much more random read activity and throughput than the media drive. The OS drive makes more of a difference when you provide independent power supply although there is benefit also to power the media drive independent of PC power supply.

Regards,

Dave

 

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