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If that external drive is USB and not either eSata or Firewire 800... that is likely the cause... USB is too slow for video editing
It is a USB drive. Just strange that the amount of files I've worked with has remained constant in the project for three weeks, then today...chaos!
First HD project..I have noticed a significant slowdown in processing time. I'll need to look into a new drive that's not USB.
I went ahead and linked files individually, saved a new project file...and now it opens without any issues.
Gotta work until 3 am to make up for all the time I lost today!
Thanks for the suggestion on the drive type. Is there a "favorite" proven one here on the forums? Needs to be as portable as possible; all my work is done from a laptop on the road.
Favorites in the following order:
1. SATA or eSATA
2. FW800 or USB3