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Sadir Ahmahi
Best SSD / HDD Setup for AE
on Jan 31, 2019 at 1:33:27 pm
Last Edited By Sadir Ahmahi on Jan 31, 2019 at 6:06:28 pm

Hello,

I am just configuring my workstation and I am wondering now what would be the most performant way of doing that for working with FullHD Videos in AE.

Setup:

(1) 250GB Samsung 850 SSD (System - Mac)
(2) 500GB Samsung 860 SSD (System - Windows - but could also delete it and install on another SSD)
(3) 1TB Samsung 860 SSD (clean)
(4) 128GB Samsung 830 SSD (clean)

(5) 1TB HDD (clean)
(6) 2TB HDD (music, movies, documents etc...)


So I already installed AE on my Mac SSD (250GB) because I prefer to use Adobe products on mac.

Now I know that it is very important that the disk cache is on a fast SSD. So (3) and (4) would be an option.
But do I really need 1TB SSD just for disk cache? Wouldn't that be a waste of space? Maybe making a 2x 500GB partition to have 1 disk cache and 1 for rendering / footage?

What I am wondering now is:
Is it needed that the original footage is also stored on a high-speed drive or can I put it on my 1TB HDD without any significant performance drop?
What about the rendering? Do I need a fast target disk for rendering?

Well, in short: I just want to get everything as fast as possible with the setup given above but also don't waste 1TB SSD if AE will only need about 100GB of it.

The finished projects will be stored externally or on the 2TB HDD. The original footage will be deleted 80% after a project is finished.

Thanks in advance for any help :)


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