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Here's what I recommend as a starting point.
C: Windows and Programs
D: Project files, audio files, still images
E: Cache and Scratch
F: Camera media only
Plus some kind of backup and archive solution. (I prefer externals for the task.)
Get sizes appropriate for your needs.
I think C, D and E can be SSDs, but it can be quite expensive to use SSDs for F and G, as they typically need to be the largest drives. (I just bought an 8TB for F, and already need more room.)
(The reason I recommend a large drive for G is that I prefer to encode my videos using x264, which produces superior results over the MainConcept encoder Adobe uses, so I export out a lossless file for that final encoding. Those lossless files are big.)
Thanks for the recommendation.
I think the most i can afford right now is this:
C: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB [OS AND PROGRAMS]
D: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB [MEDIA CACHE AND SCRATCH DISKS]
E: Samsung 960 Evo M.2 PCIE 3.0x4 SSD 256GB [PROJECT FILES AND SOURCE MEDIA]
F: Seagate 3TB Barracuda HDD [EXPORTS, ARCHIVES]
Or should i put the source media on my F? Does it make a big difference in performance if i placed the source media(raw files) on the hdd rather than ssd?
Or will it be better to split 1 of the 850 evo to the 256 gb version to have 4 ssd's which will look like this
C: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB [OS AND PROGRAMS]
D: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB [MEDIA CACHE AND SCRATCH DISKS]
E: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB [SOURCE MEDIA]
F: Samsung 960 Evo M.2 PCIE 3.0x4 SSD 256GB [PROJECT FILES]
G: Seagate 3TB Barracuda HDD [EXPORTS, ARCHIVES]
Im thinking about while working on current projects all my source media are on E then after the project transfer them on G for the time being until i purchase additional external drives for archives.
Should i interchange C and F and install OS and Programs on the 960 EVO M2? Or should the source media be on the 960 evo m2? Im not yet that big of an editor meaning projects i work on as of now are not yet that big so im still good with the 250-500gb capacity.
No for the OS and programs being on any m.2 drive: The high sequential read and write speeds of such a drive go completely to waste there. These uses require high random read and write performance but don't need all that much sequential read and write performance. Unfortunately, current m.2 PCIe SSDs perform no faster than conventional SATA III SSDs in random reads or writes.
Like Randall I do not put the OS/Applications on the real high speed SSD's. Your OS and Applications run out of memory. I like this slightly modified version.
C: Samsung 850 Evo 256GB [OS AND PROGRAMS]
D: Samsung 850 Evo 256GB [MEDIA CACHE AND SCRATCH DISKS]
E: Samsung 960 Evo M.2 PCIE 3.0x4 SSD 500GB [PROJECT FILES, SOURCE MEDIA, EXPORTS]
F: Seagate 3TB Barracuda HDD [, ARCHIVES]
If you do not have long feature length videos you can actually combine C and D.