4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 23, 2011 1:01 PM by ParkerPan

    Hardware configuration for 5.5


      Hello Everyone!


      I am a total newbie......


      Anyway, I just purchased a new computer.  Although many of you would laugh at what I bought, it was all I could afford.  There are some good things about it and some probably not.  My question is, I bought a 1.5 Tb hard drive (only 1) and I am wondering what is the best configuration for it?  Should I partition it, etc.


      As I said, I am a total newb at this and I am just beginning so I will not be making re-editing any motion pictures anytime soon but just taking old 8mm family stuff and working with this as my practice stage.




        • 1. Re: Hardware configuration for 5.5
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          Adobe Forums: Generic Guideline for Disk Setup


          So, get at least 2 more disks, one of which could be the Samsung 320 GB F4 @ € 32 for OS  & programs. That should get you started.

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          • 2. Re: Hardware configuration for 5.5
            John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            NEVER EVER do a partition !!!


            Read http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708?tstart=0


            My 3 hard drives are configured as... (WD = Western Digital)
            1 - 320G WD Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
            2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and video project files
            3 - 1T WD all video files... input & output files
            Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows swap file
            Trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
            You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
            Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
            You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
            A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
            You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708?tstart=0 for more) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything
            I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video... some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case (my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three drives that will fit
            Depending on your exact hardware (motherboard brand & model AND USB2 enclosure brand & model AND external hard drive brand & model) AND the type of video file, you may... or may NOT... be able to use an external USB2 hard drive for video editing
            Steve Grisetti in the Premiere Elements forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856208?tstart=0 and Jim Simon in the Premiere Pro forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856433?tstart=0 use USB externals for editing
            A USB3 hard drive connected to a motherboard with USB3 is supposed to be fast enough for video editing (I don't have such, so don't know) but eSata DOES have a fast enough data transfer for video editing... I have not used this eSata Dock... for reference only, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers
            http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_ t

            • 3. Re: Hardware configuration for 5.5
              ParkerPan Level 1

              Thanks for the help.


              In the meantime before I can get a second hard drive.  How bad is it going to hurt me to use just one drive?  As I said earlier, I am just beginning this journey so I won't be doing very advanced stuff.



              • 4. Re: Hardware configuration for 5.5
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                Ever seen the 'not-responding' message from Windows? Get used to it. That's what will happen.