3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 13, 2016 10:19 PM by JFPhoton

    Can you help me with my hard drive setup?

    pakkap Level 1

      I'm trying to setup my new computer and it's hard drives to be as good as they can for my use. It's an iMac i7 with 16GB RAM and 4GB graphics card (AMD Radeon M395x). My hard drives are:

      - internal 500GB flash drive

      - External 500GB SSD

      - External 4TB Seagate USB 3.0/Thunderbolt

      - External 2TB Seagate USB 3.0/Thunderbolt

      - I also have an internal 500GB SATA drive from my old iMac which I could take out if you think that would be useful but I'm not including it

      The computer will be used primarily for Premiere Pro and After Effects. I'll also want to have my music, pictures, and word documents for school on it. I was doing research and it seemed like this setup might be good but I wanted people's advice and opinions.

      Internal 500GB SSD: holds the OS, and my Programs

      External 500GB SSD: holds the media cache and preview files for Premiere and AE which I'd clear out once I finish each project

      External 4TB: keep my footage, audio, AE compositions, and pictures for the projects as well as the project file themselves

      External 2TB: store the finished exported videos and any other miscellaneous pictures, documents, music for school and just to have.

      I don't any money to spend on more gear right now so I have to make this work. Searching the internet has left me overwhelmed and confused.

        • 1. Re: Can you help me with my hard drive setup?
          JFPhoton Level 3

          Not an Apple man,but, it appears you may have a weak machine....especially if trying to edit anything over 1080p. You would need to provide much more info on your rig and which codecs you are trying to edit.


          In general, only NVidia GPUs will provide the necessary CUDA acceleration to dramatically improve performance with many operations....AMD is no where as good and provides no CUDA acceleration for "Mercury Playback".


          CPU speed needs to as high as can safely be achieved......at least over 3.3 Ghz for starters on all cores, but, best at over 4.3 Ghz overclocked on a "K" series i7 CPU. I'm not sure what you have.


          System memory , especially with the new versions of PPro should really be at least 32 GB to take advantage of the now increased use of memory by the program.


          Storage speed and configuration is very important to performance. The use of slower, spinning mechanical external drives can slow down and bottleneck your system.....especially if they are full, fragmented, and with " indexing" turned on. Nowadays, many users are using only SSDs in their editing rigs and relegating any spinning HDDs for use as backup drives,or, archiving. For example : your 4TB external drive that holds your video footage may only be running at between 150 to 50 MB per second, compared to an internal SATA III SSD running at over 500 MB per second read or write. Your footage needs to be on a FAST drive for best performance......along with other factors.

          • 2. Re: Can you help me with my hard drive setup?
            pakkap Level 1

            Thanks I'm sticking with 1080p right now and its a quad-core 4.0 ghz i7. I transcode my Canon 7D footage to Apple ProRes. I understand that these specs aren't great but what I'm trying to do is the make the best of them right now until I have the money to spend on RAM like you said and different hard drives. I was curious as if my configuration would be a good way to go for now.

            • 3. Re: Can you help me with my hard drive setup?
              JFPhoton Level 3

              ....a long time ago, PPro corrected an old problem which occured when trying to edit the native MOV files from the Canon cameras. The MOVs used to trigger the use of the 32 bit Quicktime and this screwed things up because PPro is entirely a 64bit program. So, you SHOULD now be able to edit the native files without transcoding in Premiere. The newer versions of PPro definitely use more memory...I've seen my laptop go over 20GB system memory usage on certain timelines. Increasing yours to 32GB would be good to do. However, without an NVidia GPU, you are in for tough sledding, as without the CUDA acceleration, certain operations can take over TEN TIMES LONGER !!


              Another thing to speed up performance :  either install one additional INTERNAL SSD for use with active projects. You would place your active footage there along with active project files.....cache and media cache may be placed on boot SSD. The speed of your external drives MUST be slow and must be slowing your performance down.  Samsung makes a T1 or T3 USB 3 external SSD which runs almost as fast as an internal drive, ( over 400MB/sec read and write), by using the UASP protocol which is found on most current USB 3 ports. I have one...it works great and is available in 1 or 2 TB versions.