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C: SSD for OS & programs, OK.
D: Raid0, your fastest drive
E: Raid1, not very fast in comparison to D: but comparable to F:
F: External eSATA, about as fast as E:. For media, OK.
Put your pagefile, media cache and previews on D and use E: for projects and exports and F: for your source media.
The files that are small, change often and accessed regularly are then on your fastest disk and can easily be rebuild if disaster strikes. Your projects and exports are safeguarded by the raid1 with its mirroring and your source material is backed up anyway. In this way you distribute the load across all your drives and get the best performance with the least risk of losing precious data.
Harm, that is a helpful response, but I still need clarification here so that I fully understand what I am doing.
My system Page File is on my RAID 0 so I have that right. At least I think I do.
When I start the project and set it up, I still do not understand what LOCATION means at the bottom of that tab. Location of what exactly? What is going there? Does that belong on the D drive (my RAID 0) or my E drive (Mirror RAID)? The problem is I do not know what CS5 is putting in that directory.
So Captured Video and Audio is the actual filmed and recorded footage I shot and will edit from, is that right? And that stays where it is now, on my External eSATA 7200rpm drive?
Video and Audio Previews go on my RAID 0 (Scratch) drive and are the files created by Adobe PremPro in the editing process, correct? Do I understand that right?
What then do I place on my E drive, the Mirrored RAID? Is that the Setup under General Tab, LOCATION?
I need specific instruction based upon the actual setup screen or I will get lost. I am dyslexic, so without absolute precision I just get all screwed up. Sorry.
Again, I am very sorry to sound so stupid and uneducated, but if I am unclear, I will end up doing this wrong. Time is waisting as I sit here without a clue how to start.
Location means the location of your project file, which would be on your E: drive. Just make sure that in your project settings, you set your media cache and previews to D:.
Harm, what is confusing me here is when you answer, you are using terms not used in that setup screen on Premiere Pro. So I still don'tunderstand.
What are you refering to when you say Media Cache?
I am sorry if I am trying your patience, but as I said, I need to know the answers based upon what I see in Premiere pro and the setup screen. Nowhere is their Cache listed.
On the first screen, NEW PROJECT, GENERAL, LOCATION.... What am I putting there? Yes, that is the Project File, but what does that mean? Am I putting my Video and Audio in there? I mean the actual raw footage we shot on the set. Is that what goes in there? Or does that go somewhere else?
Or is LOCATION where PremPro will put all the files it creates?
Then you have the second screen. I wrote yellow txt in there.
My three drives...
D = RAID 0
E = MIRRORED RAID
I = EXTERNAL eSATA
Above are the two screens you see when you create a new project. Please base your answer to me upon what you see here because until then I will not get it. This was my week off and I was to start edting on Monday. It's now Thursday and I haven't edited a second because I cannot get the thing set up right. I am beyond frustrated and ready to throw up my hands and just pay someone to do it, even though I can't afford it.
I built this computer. It wasn't hard. But setting up the project in CS5 has proven impossible for me. Being Dyslexic I struggle mightly when reading instructions. I will copy and paste search terms in the browser, looking for answers and everyone keeps using terms NOT LISTED ON THOSE SCREENS. So I am screwed.
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Okay, so I have the Captured Video, the original footage I shot on-set, on my eSATA drive. Drive I. I leave it there, or can have it on my E drive, as some are for other projects I shot.
Video Previews are the files Premiere Pro creates as I edit and I need to have those on my RAID 0, drive D, since it is the fastest. Correct?
If I am correct on above then I finally get it. If not, please shoot me.
Many thanks. I am now rocking and rolling. Spent al lday editing. My @ss is killing me.