What do you plan to edit... or, what camera will you be using?
Only one hard drive will be "somewhat" limiting since everything will be using that one set of read/write heads, but other than slowness you shouldn't have any major problems
Thank you for your reply. I am using a canon t5i and planning on shooting people singing and playing instruments. I have already purchased a tripod, slider, and separate head for the slider. I am more into audio editing and have just recently ventured into video editing. So basically I am recording music on a separate program and recording video to go along with it. I am just going to be doing this as a hobby and to upload some videos to show friends and family on youtube. Do you recommend that I purchase an additional hard drive to go along with the one that i already have? What size hard drive would you recommend? I have about 3 external hard drives....would those work or would you recommend sticking with internal hds? Thanks alot for your help.
Down at the bottom for an "example" of doing everything with only one hard drive
Any 7200rpm internal of at least 500Gig will do... since you have a 2T drive, you can use it for project/video backups, with your working project and video files on your second internal
An external will work IF it is eSata or USB3... USB2 is not fast enough for video editing
That example I mentioned...
trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition for a "spindle" drive http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more on partitions) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything... not even with SSD see # 16 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1352987
And, some comparison tests http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1144620
Read this and note the recommended disk setups:
See this, too:
Thank you both John and Bob for those detailed answers!