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Organising Storage

Jan 6, 2013 4:46 AM

Hi Guys

Happy New Year!


I'm organising my storage and I wonder if I could have some advice on the optimum storage/ working efficiency. I have 4x1TB HDDs (OS, Archives, Windows Back-up and Active) on a Win7 64bit PC, running an i7CPU with 24gb RAM.


This may be wrong, but since I've started working with video I've always worked/ stored in the following way. I set up 2 HDDs: 1 for working on "Active Projects" and the 2nd for "Archives" only. I set up a project folder for each new Pr project on the active project HDD and capture my Z1 footage to that folder (along with images, backing tracks, etc) and edit it all on the active project HDD. After the project is complete and sent on its way, I move the completed project folder and all its elements over to the Archive HDD.


After years of working in the same groove I'm begining to wonder if I might be better capturing my footage direct to a folder on the Archive HDD instead of the active HDD and working on it from there in my active HDD project (and maybe do the same for images, backing tracks, etc). Would this have a neutral impact on my work flow or would it make it less stable/ slower?


I hope this is clear for you and I look forward to any advice.




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    Jan 6, 2013 10:17 AM   in reply to glaustin

    Here's what I'd do.


    First, buy a new, smaller HD for the System drive.  1TB is overkill, as you don't want anything on that drive but the OS and Programs.


    C: 256GB - OS/Programs

    D: 1TB - Projects/Scratch (including music and image files in a project folder)

    E: 1TB - Media (nothing but the captured video files)

    F: 1TB - Exports

    G: 1TB - Archive (Project folders from D, but not including the video, which can always be recaptured if need be.)


    This will spread the load out fairly well.

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    Jan 6, 2013 11:18 AM   in reply to glaustin

    Exports, meaning anything "exported" out of PP or AE, whether it's finished or not.

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  • Al Bergstein
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    Jan 6, 2013 10:40 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    YOu mean "renders?" A render disk. And d e and g should be at least RAID 1

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    Jan 7, 2013 12:29 PM   in reply to Al Bergstein

    Not really.  Typically "render" means creating a new file for use within PP.  They're called preview or scratch files.


    Export mean going out of PP as a new video or audio file.

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