That didn't really help...
It's all centered on desktops.
Rak, I run Production Premium CS4 in a pinch on my laptop:
Dell E1705 (from 2006)
T7200 2.00 gHz Core2Duo
4GB Ram (only 3.4GB seeable on Vista Ultimate 32-bit)
256mb Nvidia 7900 GS
320GB 7200rpm drive
eSata LaCie external for media
Photoshop CS4 survives, Premiere stutters along but does run. I've taken 5D Mark II clips and used Encoder to create a few different formats and burn a DVD. So your late mode XPS 16 should fare well. Are you running 64-bit, and can you up the ram to 6GB? That would help tremendously. I would seriously consider Windows 7 64-bit when it comes out in October, I've been on it for 2 months (RC version) and it is superbly stable, walks Vista to the dock.
BTW, I did realize I couldn't survive on my laptop, and since Adobe allows two installs, I just built an i7 rig with 12GB ram and Windows 7 64-bit and a WD 10K drive. The difference is obviously huge, but in a pinch my laptop can pull me through.
Yes your notebook can run PPRO CS4
You need an esata card with an external esata drive and you will be good to go
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Though you do not list your I/O sub-system, i.e. your HDD's, it will likely be your biggest bottleneck.
As has been mentioned, eSATA will be the best choice for external HDD's, though I have no problems with FW-800's. Still, eSATA will be even better.
That said, my I/O for my laptop is 3x 200GB 7200RPM SATA II's, and works very well.
Thank you very much guys.
But one more question,
Can you guys give me a link to a good eSATA drive?
Sure, I have this one:
And I run it via this eSATA ExpressCard:
Ill take a look at that, but I don't think I need 1 TB of space and I think it'd be a bit cheaper with less space. Can you point me to a good one with less space?
Also, I have an eSATA port on my notebook, do I still need the eSATA expresscard?
And also, how is an eSATA drive faster than a built in drive?
On that Amazon page you can click the dropdown list and pick the 500GB model, that's only $119 (I paid $184 last year for the 500GB, then got the 1TB for $155... prices!!). These are 7200rpm drives, and important feature.
No, you don't need the ExpressCard if you have an eSata port. I don't, so I was just showing what's available.
eSata drives aren't faster than internal hard drives (at least 7200rpm ones), but they are pretty close. The point is to NOT use the USB or FireWire ports, they are WAY slower. But for editing on a laptop you'll want a second drive for your media, with your internal drive for OS and Premiere. You can do it all on one drive in a pinch, but performance will suffer. If your laptop could fit a second internal drive then that'd be fine, but it'll be one hot laptop!
Ok, just one more thing. haha sorry for asking so much.
Why is the hard drive my bottleneck? Because it doesn't have enough space? enough speed? Or that it's better to have another hard drive so it can access the media faster? Because I may get a 500 GB 7200 RPM drive would that help or should I just buy the eSATA drive?
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Rak, all hard drives, no matter how fast or how many, are THE bottleneck of any system, simply because they are mechanical storage. RAM and flash memory is faster by three orders of magnitude because it's electronic for lack of a better term. A hard drive has a motor and spinning platter with a head that has to hunt around for bits. Now if you RAID 19 dozen drives together like Harm () you can increase the speed of seeking data off the drives, but in the end, mechanical storage is notoriously slower than electronic. But, it's a current necessary evil. Not too far in the future, Solid State Drives will take over (when the price comes down and the capacity goes way up) which has the speed of a Ferrari 250GTO, but for now we have to use our 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon (a.k.a. mechanical hard drive) for persisted storage.
Ok Thank you very much for everything Paulie. I'm looking forward to getting the Production Premium.
Oh, to answer your question better, your 7200 rpm internal drive is fine to install Production Premium. If you use the 500gb for your media files and for your scratch disk, you'll enjoy much better performance. Thanks for the stars, btw! Enjoy PP CS4 when you get it.