5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 20, 2013 11:56 AM by Amateur Hour

    Exporting to an external HDD USB 3.0 (2.5" disk)

    Amateur Hour

      Hello,

       

      I just recently built a new rig and I currently have two internal hard drives:

      • Toshiba Q-Series SSD 256 GB
        • Boot, Programs, Media Cache
      • Seagate 7200 RPM 1TB
        • Media Files, Project Files

       

      Reading through these forums I saw recommendations to use a 3rd drive in order to avoid reading/writing to the same drive at the same time.

       

      I have an external HDD (WD My Passport 2TB) that I'm guessing spins at 5400 RPM due to its 2.5" size. It's connected through USB 3.0. I tested read/write and it starts around 90 MB/s, then drops down to 50-60 MB/s after a few minutes.

       

      If I'm doing light editing (~5 minute clips) would this external HDD be my bottleneck? And will I see a significant improvement by buying a new 7200 RPM internal drive?

       

      Other specs:

      • CPU:  i7 4770k @ 4.4 GHZ
      • GPU:  Radeon 7950 @ 1000 base, 1450 memory
      • Mobo:  Asrock Z87 Extreme4
      • RAM:  32 GB Kingston HyperX @ 1600 mhz 10-10-10-27 timings

       

      Thanks!