If your PC is not a laptop, I would certanly trying to avoid external drives. I have tried it once on a desktop and it was not good at all and performance was lousy.
If at all you have no room inside the box, you might get a decent result with eSata, but I would prefer all discs inside.
I use USB discs for backup of retired projects ect. but never for on-line media.
ok well one of my external drives is 500Gb and the other is 1TB.
can I make a raid 0 work with those 2 drives?
And you're saying that using your internal drive with the raid is not an option?
Thanks for the info, i really do appreciate it
So i should just partition my internal hard drive and use the new partition for my media?
No, I would suggest neither...
Partitioning has torned out to be a really bad idea - there are several threads arround the forum with people having all sorts of trouble with partitioning drives for editing.
I would not go on the raid option either, at least not with a 500 GB and a 1TB disc. You would only get 1 TB in total, because discs in a raid-0 environment need to be the same size. If not, the raid will resize all discs to the smallest, which in your case is 500 GB.
Still not sure, if you are on a laptop or a desktop :-/
If you are on a desktop, I would advice you to get a min. of 3 interneal discs. You could read this excellent rescource made by Bill and Harm from the forum to lear more:
I would say, if you get 3 discs inside, you could set the up like this:
Disc 1: OS & programs
Disc 2: Pagefile, media cache, renders
Disc 3: Media, exports and all other stuff
Yeah.. DON'T partition your drive, and DON'T create a raid using more than one external drive.
If one of your externals should lose power, or get disconnected even briefly, it could destroy everything on your raid, as the data spans across the discs. Get more internal drives, or an external drive that is a raid like this:
Ok here are my computer specs
27" iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 - 12GB DDR3 RAM - 2GB Radeon HD 6970M - 1TB HD
New plan is to buy an internal ssd drive for it.
It only has room for the 1TB and an SSD
So should I put the OS and programs on the SSD and use the 1TB for the Pagefile, media cache, renders, Media, exports and all other stuff
Or is there a better way to set it up?
I would put the pagefille on the SSD with a fixed dimension, because with only 12 GB RAM it will be used with some regularity, and putting it on the HDD will lead to congestion on that drive. For the rest you don't have many options.
so should I also put the OS on the SSD or only the pagefile and what is a fixed dimension?
Sorry for the noob questions, and thanks for the help!
SSD: OS & programs & pagefile. Pagefile size set to around 24-36 GB, with minimum = maximum size.
ok perfect info thanks.
I cannot find where to set a pagefile size or where you adjust the settings anywhere in premiere.
That is done in the OS, but unfortunately I have no idea how to set that on a Mac. On a Windows system it is easy, under Performance settings.
If you are talking about virtual memory and swap files than yes Mac OS handles it completely different than windows and there should be no need to adjust anything. My teacher was telling us about how Macs are more "kernel based" or whatever that means but basically the memory management is far superior to windows thats why it has such an advantage when working with media. Since I don't need to worry about the pagefile should I put something else there to replace it like maybe the media cache or one of the other things listed.
So is the final answer....
SSD drive = OS and Programs
HDD drive = media cache, renders, media, exports and everything else
I don't know why but if I was to guess it seems like it would be better to put the OS and Programs on the HDD, and put all the other stuff on the SSD so it can read and write the files fast enough. That's why I'm glad you're helping because thats probably how I would set it up because it sounds correct to me, but really I have no clue and probably am completely wrong.