5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2017 8:06 PM by Dirttracker86

    Four drives: what to put where?

    tymbe Level 1

      Current notebook has access to 4 drives. The OS is on:

      Drive 1 C: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe

       

      Also has two Internal drives:

      Drive 2 D: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD

      Drive 3 E: 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive

       

      And one external:

      Drive 4 F: Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 500GB - USB 3.1 External SSD

       

      Going by Harm M's. Guidelines, with 4 Disks it's suggested that beyond the OS drive, Premiere settings should be configured with Media/projects, Pagefile/Cache, and Previews/Exports on separate drives.

       

      Obviously the 1TB 7200 SATA is by far the slowest drive, so wondering which area of Premiere should I assign that drive to, and what's the best way to assign the remaining drives?

       

      D: Media,Projects (which drive?)
      E: Pagefile, Media Cache (which drive?)
      F: Previews, Exports (which drive?)

        • 1. Re: Four drives: what to put where?
          Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

          Forget drive E for any files except backup and archiving   Drive D is fast enough for all the project files, media and exports.

          • 2. Re: Four drives: what to put where?
            tymbe Level 1
            Forget drive E for any files except backup and archiving   Drive D is fast enough for all the project files, media and exports.

             

            Thanks-- that makes sense. However if I were to replace that 7200 HD with a faster SSD drive, would that provide a way to segregate the drives somehow to achieve greater performance, or would the improvement be negligible? Using it as the cache drive for example. Mainly working with HD a some 4k video source files.

            • 3. Re: Four drives: what to put where?
              Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

              With my testing on the basic functions of Premiere I have not been able to see any difference over my two SSD basic configuration. The super speed M.2 SSD's have so much bandwidth that for Premiere basic usage that unless you are doing extremely complex projects with very heavy multitasking the old rulle of lots of drives is obsolete 

              • 4. Re: Four drives: what to put where?
                tymbe Level 1
                With my testing on the basic functions of Premiere I have not been able to see any difference over my two SSD basic configuration. The super speed M.2 SSD's have so much bandwidth that for Premiere basic usage that unless you are doing extremely complex projects with very heavy multitasking the old rulle of lots of drives is obsolete

                That's interesting. Of course I knew these SSDs were much faster but didn't really appreciate HOW much faster until I ran some of my own disk speed tests. Really opened my eyes. Given your experience now I'll not be all that concerned now with the need to run additional drives to segregate areas of Premiere as I'm not a heavy multitasker.

                 

                Thanks for the input Bill.

                • 5. Re: Four drives: what to put where?
                  Dirttracker86 Level 1

                  Nice to see Harm's name mentioned. It's good sometimes to see people are remembered.