Question: what parts of my drive set-up should I be concerned about? Or should I be concerned? I'm not having any problems right now, but I'm attempting to plan for future upgrades when they're needed. Now that I have more experience editing, I'm seeing how important it is to tailor my system to match the footage that I'll need to work with, a concern that I did not have when I first started learning to edit, basically because I did not know any better.
I have an entry-level, four-drive system and I edit solely in CS5 right now, with a little PS and AE when needed. 95% of my time is spent in Premiere.
Here are my drives:
- Boot - 150gb Velociraptor - contains OS and pagefile
- Media - 2x WD Black 1tb drives with a Jmicron hardware RAID card in AID0 - holds all footage to be cut and any still images
- Swap - 64 gig SSD (Patriot PS-100) - holds Previews, Media Cache and Media Cache files only, nothing else
- Storage – WD Blue 500 gb, holds all music and VO's, as well as final renders from AME and all my Premiere project files
Backups: The storage drive is backed up daily to an internal 500gb Seagate Barracuda and the media drive is backed up daily to an external 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda. I hate loosing data. I've killed so many drives over the years I could probably build a wall out of them...
And here are my basic system specs:
EVGA P55 LE motherboard
Intel i5-650 at 3.2ghz
Corsair 1600mhz RAM, 8gigs in 4 sticks, 9-9-9-24 timings
EVGA GTX 465 OC'ed to 800mhz on the GPU clock and 1700 on the memory clock
Coolermaster Silent Pro 700w PSU
Obviously, I'm in the economy/budget arena in terms of my set up. I know I need to go to 16 gigs of RAM – that's going to be done by the end of the year. I know I will also need to upgrade my video card, but I have to say that the 465 has been really good to me so far, I've been very happy with it.
Specifically, I'm wondering about my SSD – it's already on the way out, the read speeds are still fine but the write speeds are way, way down, at about 18 megs/sec when it used to write at over 100 megs/sec. But, I don't mind as I can replace that pretty easily, I'm just not sure if I should replace it when it finally dies. I don't really like SSDs anymore, I thought they were great when they first came out but now that I've learned more about NAND memory and its limitation on writes, I'm not so excited. I'm not sure what to replace it with when it dies, but I'm thinking another velociraptor as I'm very happy with that drive, and I like WD in general versus other hard drive manufacturers.
I'm also wondering about my Media drive which is in AID0 – it's fast enough for the footage I work with now, which is 99% AVI files at 1280x720 with data rates of 25 megs/sec or less. But if I moved up to other types of footage, I'm wondering when I'll start having problems scrubbing around, etc... I can work at half resolution if I have to, but I prefer to edit at full resolution if at all possible. I'd originally started on a single-drive media drive, and that did not work at all with the HD footage, it was a nightmare until I went to a stripped volume.
Until I move up to other footage with higher data rates, or with multi-cam footage, I'm thinking my AID0 Media drive is sufficient. But, I'm not sure...
Just wondering on cost-effective ways to upgrade my drives in the next 6-12 months and looking for ways to get the most performance from my drives and their set up. I like being efficient...
Thank you in advance for any advice -- it will be appreciated and taken seriously.