25 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2014 6:56 PM by johnt53984649

    What are some of the most common and best performing hard drive types used by Video Editing Professionals?

    johnt53984649 Level 2

      What is the name of the hard drive and what are its specs?  I know that people use different types, but what's a highly recommended hard drive name/type that many people use?


      I've been considering the following hard drive as well; would it be considered reliable enough?  It's a Solid State Drive, so I'm not sure.  I was considering RAID 0 with 3 of the following drives, but I'm very inexperienced, so I need to consider as much as possible to make a truly informed decision:


      Crucial M550 1TB 2.5" SATA III 6GB/sec Solid State Drive.


      Specs of the Drive I'm considering (Crucial M550 1TB 2.5" SATA III 6GB/sec Solid State Drive.):

      Device Type
      Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
      Used For


      Form Factor
      Memory Components
      SATA 6Gb/s


      Max Sequential Read
      Up to 550 MBps
      Max Sequential Write
      Up to 500 MB/s
      4KB Random Read
      Up to 95,000 IOPS
      4KB Random Write
      Up to 85,000 IOPS
      1,500,000 hours


      Load files and programs almost instantly


      Boot up almost immediately


      Accelerate demanding applications


      Download massive files in seconds rather than minutes


      Manage power so your battery lasts longer


      Encrypt and protect personal data against loss or theft


      Achieve top speeds without sacrificing reliability


      Native Write Acceleration


      Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)


      Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm


      Adaptive Thermal Protection


      Power Loss Protection


      Data Path Protection


      Active Garbage Collection


      TRIM support


      Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)


      Error Correction Code (ECC)
      Device Sleep support
      I believe that it's a 7,200 RPM hard drive, but I'm not sure about this.
      Also, it says that it supports RAIN.  I'm not sure how this is different from RAID.
      But, basically, this is my question, summed up:
      • What are some of the most common hard drives (the exact name and model) that many professionals use, or at least some highly recommended ones?
      • Is the hard drive I listed reliable and fast enough for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC?
      • If that hard drive I mentioned has RAIN, is that still compatible with RAID, or what's the difference?
      • What performance issues might I have if I were to use three of the listed hard drives in a RAID 0 setup?


      Thank you for your time.  I need to make the most informed decision possible.