Your best option is a local drive for video and temporary and project files, not a network drive or on the Cloud
I am on Windows, so only know that USB3 or eSata are fast enough... If your "thunderbolt" drive is one of those good... otherwise, something like Amazon.com: StarTech SuperSpeed USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan: Electronics
Also read Drive C space http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1007934?tstart=0 see reply 4 for the setting that you need to manually change... and then delete any old temp files
-Mac version http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1070067
Thanks John. By "local" you seem to mean external TB or USB3, correct? Not "internal"
And by that are you confirming that it's okay to save all raw footage and project files onto that external drive and just work from there?
I prefer internal... but being on Windows I build my own see reply #6 for my hardware list in https://forums.adobe.com/message/6536849
I have read that USB3 or eSata are fast enough for video editing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1117813 - http://ppbm7.com/index.php/tweakers-page/84-disk-setup
Also... do be aware that Mac migration and time machine DO NOT WORK with Adobe software due to hidden registration files that are not captured... so restoring from either of those results in Adobe software that does not work
I wish internal was an option here.
Thanks, then TB2 should work great.
I was not aware of that limitation for the software. The applications themselves are re-installable, of course, but will TimeMachine restore projects successfully?
Again, I am Windows so only know what I have read about Mac backup programs
I will GUESS that using time machine will work to make a backup of a storage drive, just not the OS drive
My recommendation would be to partition the 2TB external (thunderbolt preferred) into 2 segments, one for OS and apps backup and the other for PrP files.
You can use CarbonCopyCloner to mirror the OS drive onto one of the partitions.
Qengineering, what is the reason you recommend putting the backup on the (yet to be purchased) Thunderbolt drive instead of the current USB3 drive? Also, would your solution leave the PrP files not backed up? Also, why Thunderbolt? It looks like on a traditional hard drive or even on a 2x7200 RAIDed drive that USB3 should be fast enough to not be a bottleneck. Is that correct?
Here is what I'm looking at now after yesterday's answers and looking at options:
I've read on PrP forums and sites that a 7200 RPM drive should be good enough for an external drive. Since USB3 has faster xfer than a 7200 RPM drive it sounds like USB3 should be a fast enough connection. It is also less expensive than Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2.
Her current 2TB USB3 drive is only 5400 RPM so it won't do.
I found a 4TB RAID 0 drive on Amazon with speeds of up to 290 MB/s on large files, it's USB3 and is only $249.
So my current plan is to get her this WD My Book Duo 4TB RAID 0 drive and then have the 2TB 5400RPM USB3 disk as a TimeMachine back up for her OS and the contents of the RAID drive, for as long as that is sufficient. Right now she has 300GB of video/projects to BUP so it should at least buy us some time.
I understand from John T Smith (not a Mac user though) that Adobe's program files will not be backed up but as long as the projects are backed up that should not be a problem, right?
One more thing: Am I right in assuming that saving to the Adobe Cloud will be too slow for a normal video-editing workflow? She has 300GB in 5 ongoing projects she's working on and if she saved them to the cloud she would need to keep re-downloading them, and/or they would have to stay in a cache somewhere while they were being worked on, right? Her projects are about 60GB each.
Thanks again for your help
The OS and apps backup can go onto any external drive(thunderbolt not required for backup), my suggestion simply required a single drive for backup and working files.
Time Machine will NOT create a bootable backup with working apps, CCC will do that but requires a dedicated partition or drive.
A RAID 0 on USB3 will likely work well, I simply prefer the larger "pipe" provided by Thunderbolt. Make triple sure that RAID 0 stays backed up. As an IT guy, you know a two drive RAID 0 is (statistically) twice as likely to fail and lose data as a single hard drive.
Your description of using Adobe Cloud is correct. the cloud is well suited for alternate backup and sharing of projects, it is not suited for regular editing.
RE: "Time Machine will NOT create a bootable backup" - My real concern is that the projects themselves - in their entirety - are backed up. Will Time Machine do that for us at least?
RE: "Adobe Cloud... is not suited for regular editing." - Thank you for that answer. That's a vital part of knowing if we should proceed with a purchase.
Thanks for the reminder that she should make use of the Adobe Cloud for a third-choice backup. I'll get that going right away as a stop-gap.
Time Machine will create incremental backups of all data files from the internal OS Drive.
If PrP project files are saved to the internal drive, Time Machine will back them up.
You can also consider directing PrP Auto-save files to be placed on an alternate (i.e. Media) drive as a potential back-up as well.
I use CarbonCopyCloner to create a bootable back-up of a known, working, clean OS with installed apps.