I'm driving myself absolutely nuts going over the options for this. I'm looking for the best way to upgrade my current drive setup for Premiere. My system is as follows:
i7 2600k (4c/8t) OC'd to 4.8GHz
32GB Gskill 1866mhz RAM
120GB SSD for Os/Programs
1TB 7200rpm HDD for Previews and Cache
1TB 7200rpm HDD for Project files and source media
(also have a few external drives lying around, like: 5TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0, Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm Usb3.0, 2.5" 500GB 7200rpm notebook HDD, portable 5400rpm hitachi 500gb (which i think is failing) Not sure if these can be utilized at all. The 5TB i use for backup, and also have my OS SSD image backed up on it.
I've been reading up a lot and i'm not sure who to "trust". I built my system around the PPBM recommendations and am a big fan of that; i'm not sure if it still holds up with the changes made in flash memory. But other sources i'm reading, namely reddit's r/BuildaPCVideoEditing, is a big proponent of the M.2 PCIe SSD route, along with an SSD for OS, and a larger mechanical drive to offload once the edit is done. To the point where they basically recommend this setup for nearly everyone. Their idea i guess is, rather than spreading the reads and writes across multiple drives, just get a blazing fast M.2 and use that for almost everything except the OS since it's so fast. I don't like the idea of spending like $250+ for a drive and it seems inconvenient to have just a small 250GB or 500GB for my source video to edit off...along with the fact that the skyhigh read speeds, like 3GB/s seem like complete overkill. Especially since i'm not editing R3D or blackmagic 4k footage or anything like that. No doubt that the M.2 PCIe drives are excellent and the way of the future in editing, but it seems unnecessary at this point.
Most of what I work with is 4k or 1080 GH4 footage, along with Canon DSLR footage. Pretty low bitrate at this point, but i would like the system to be able to maybe handle slightly higher things like ProRes if need be. I know my system isn't high end by any means, but it needs to last me a few years until i have money for a proper one down the road. Currently, most of the projects I edit are between 30GB and 150GB. It's rare where i have an edit i'm working on where there is more than 150GB of source footage.
My main Goals are as follows:
1) See some solid improvement in read speed and editing, namely speed up whichever drive is being used for my video files/project
2) Achieve some type of redundancy for about 1TB of footage. Maybe RAID1 a couple of 1TB drives? Backup is tough when im constantly moving things around. I would love to be able to have a system where a drive could fail and it wouldn't be the end of the world.
3) Increase the overall working storage space of my internal drives. 2TB isn't a lot to work with.
I've been toying with the idea of just picking up a few other 1TB 7200rpm drives. Or maybe just another decent sized SSD. Or a 1tb and a smaller SSD. I have probably another two SATAIII ports to work with. I like the idea of cheaper mechanical drives, possibly in a RAID, because of the much larger capacity and affordability of them. Budget is super tight. Hopefully not more than $120. A few possible configurations I was thinking of:
A) pick up a few 1TB mechanical drives, and put two of them in RAID0 for working projects off of, and another two into RAID1 as a secure storage space.
B) buy another SSD and keep it simple by using that to primarily edit off, and move projects to the mechanical drives as needed, afterwards, maybe picking up
C) setting up a RAID 5 with Windows Storage Spaces with some (maybe four) 1TB HDDs and keep basically everything on that. Not sure if that would kill the Write speed, but also not sure if write speed is vital with my editing either.
D) Saying screw it and spending like $200 on a fast M.2 drive.
I feel like i'm going in circles as you can see, and any direction would be helpful.