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Matt Kelly
Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:24:06 am

Hello! I'm a college student who wants to edit Final Cut projects utilizing my university's computers and software. Only issue is that upon logging out of these computers, they're completely wiped. The easy solution is of course to edit on an external hard drive.

My question is: do you guys have any insight as to what to look out for? I've looked into it a bit, but unfortunately a lot of the terminology is going over my head. Preferably would like to keep the budget low, under $100 is preferable but willing to go more like $150 if the increase in quality is really worth it.

Thanks!


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Noah Kadner
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:30:33 am

Lacie drives- not sure if you'll find one at that price point though.

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Joe Marler
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 1:07:35 pm

The 1TB HGST Touro S (about $79) is a 7200 rpm USB 3.0 bus-powered drive. It is one of the faster drives in this range: http://a.co/id7p0Wm

Roughly double that speed is the 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Fast (about $199). It is internally RAID-0 so is faster but this theoretically impacts reliability: http://a.co/e1g0aea

By far the fastest would be an SSD portable drive. The Samsung T3 is available at several price points and capacities: http://a.co/8uXsh92


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Noah Kadner
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 2:19:35 pm

Oops I spoke too soon- the LaCie Rugged are now between $99-150 so you'll be good to go with one of their USB 3.0 models.

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Gary Huff
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 3:22:20 pm

[Noah Kadner] "the LaCie Rugged are now between $99-150 so you'll be good to go with one of their USB 3.0 models."

The LaCie Ruggeds are some of the slowest drives I've ever encountered. Either the HGST Touro (HGST has good reliability), the Samsung Backup Plus Fast 2/4TB RAID 0 (fastest in the form factor for spinning drives), or the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim, which is about the speed of a LaCie Rugged but hella more portable.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 7:45:31 pm

Are you talking USB2 now? Single drives are a commodity item these days. I care more about warranty service and connection type.

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Gary Huff
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 9:16:57 pm

[Noah Kadner] "Are you talking USB2 now? Single drives are a commodity item these days. I care more about warranty service and connection type.
"


No, I am talking about LaCie Rugged drives in both TB2/USB3. I have not had any issue with warranty service from any of the drive suppliers above, and, in the case of HGST, having a reliable drive is worth more than the warranty service of anyone else.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:18:42 pm

And as they say in Nascar: your mileage may vary.

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John Rofrano
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 19, 2017 at 2:47:22 am

[Joe Marler] "The 1TB HGST Touro S (about $79) is a 7200 rpm USB 3.0 bus-powered drive."
+1

I edit on these drives all the time and they are plenty fast enough. I would recommend them without hesitation. The question is does your school computers have USB 3.0 ports or USB 2.0 ports because USB 2 will be too slow.

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Matt Kelly
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 19, 2017 at 2:50:24 am

Thanks for the input! Yeah USB 3.0 ports are most certainly a thing at my school! :)


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John Rofrano
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 19, 2017 at 11:54:43 am
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:16:01 pm

Great! I don't think you'll have any problem with the 1TB HGST Touro S via USB 3.0 then. Just make sure it's the 7200 RPM version for fastest access.

I use two of them: One contains the all of my Camera Card Archives and the other has all of my Libraries. This way if something happens to either, I have the other as a backup. You might not need that for school but it's something to get in the habit of doing (i.e., backing up your camera cards separate from your project work) as you go forward. Good Luck!

~jr

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Matt Kelly
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 16, 2017 at 6:23:58 pm

Thanks guys! Is speed of drive a fairly big concern? From my fairly limited amount of knowledge, I'd be led to believe that the speed of your computer is a bigger factor, but of course I don't know a whole lot. Should I be at all worried about port types (USB 3 vs Thunderbolt vs USB 2, etc.). What sort of things should I be looking for? As much as I'd like to blindly trust your guys' judgment, I wouldn't mind also getting inside your heads a bit :)


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Noah Kadner
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 16, 2017 at 8:58:04 pm

Depends what lind of Mac you have but yes Thunderbolt 2/USB3 or better is what you want.

Noah

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Matt Kelly
Re: Editing Projects on External Hardrive
on Mar 18, 2017 at 1:36:52 am

Looks like the school has 27 inch iMacs with 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 processors, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3, (2x8 GB), and 128 GB Flash Storage. Let me know how that matches up!


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