2 Replies Latest reply on May 8, 2016 1:12 AM by garethm69160939

    Best configuration of my drive set up

    garethm69160939 Level 1


      Hoping for some guidance on my disk set up.


      current set up is as follows


      480GB SSD boot drive with programs etc


      480GB SSD media drive


      400GB PCI SSD (intel) used as cache drive (for PR and AE)


      internal 3TB 720rpm drive (for back up)


      12TB (in raid 5 with data protection) so 8TB usable Network drive - used to store projects as well as media.


      is there anything else I could or should be doing with my set up to get the best performance from creative cloud programs.




        • 1. Re: Best configuration of my drive set up
          JFPhoton Level 3

          ...you didn't mention any other specs about your machine...CPU, GPU, system memory, etc.


          Generally, only operating system ,  programs , and Windows page file should go on your "boot drive" SSD. You MAY however place the "media cache" and "cache" files from Premiere Pro there as well. Bill Gehrke has done testing and found NO performance penalty for doing that. It also makes it easier to erase those files upon completing a project.


          ALL OTHER FILES related to PPro should go on the PCI SSD, as this is your FASTEST DRIVE and this drive will provide the best performance. That means : media files, previews, media cache, cache, and exports. There is NO NEED for a separate drive  for a "cache" . You could experiment where the "global performance cache" for After Effects is placed, to see if it makes any difference...I would guess the best performance would be on the PCI SSD. The PCI SSD should be providing around THREE TIMES the speed of a single SSD.


          As the PCI SSD is only 400GB it looks like you must use it as a "work drive" to provide the best speed and performance, and THEN you must move completed project files and media source clips off to another drive to archive and backup.


          As quality SSDs are getting much larger and have more reliability at a cheaper cost.....they will serve well as archive and back up drives.

          • 2. Re: Best configuration of my drive set up
            garethm69160939 Level 1


            Spec wise i'm running

            Windows 10 PC

            Intel 5960X Extreme 3.00GHz (overclocked to 4.3GHz)

            64GB DDR4 RAM

            GTX 980 G1 Gaming card (o/c to 1355 / 1455 boost


            your right about the size of the PCI SSD - i purchased a Year ago but think they have come down in price