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Lucien Newell
Best storage solution for Avid MediaFiles folder/drive?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 5:14:41 am

My Current System:

AMD FX 8350 - (CPU)
Asus Sabertooth 990fx r2.0 - (Motherboard)
G.Skill 16 gb 1866 mhz - (RAM)
Nvidia Quadro 2000 - (GPU)
Rosewill 650W - (PWS)

120 gb Samsung 840 pro - (Boot/program drive)
240 gb Samsung 840 pro - (Avid MediaFiles drive)
1 tb Seagate 7200 Rpm HDD - (Personal/media drive)
3 tb Seagate BackUp Plus External HDD usb3.0 - External HDD for working with other systems, back up and Alternative MediaFiles drive if project size exceeds designated ssd.

Hello, new to the forums, I hope you guys can help me out.
I just built a new system and am trying to configure it to be as simple, effective and cheap as possible. I'm looking for that perfect "all I need" configuration.

My background:

I'm currently a film student and film/edit a variety of projects. I edit anything from short documentaries, short films up to 20 min., music videos/mash ups, and experimentation/promo work. I plan on finishing enough projects to develop a professional website in order to garner as many clients and to maybe one day work in a studio.

I currently have my Windows 7 OS and Avid MC 7 suite, along with a host of other programs(Adobe After Effects, illustrator, propellerheads reason, illustrator, pro tools, and etc..) installed on a 120 gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD. I am definitely keeping this storage solution.

Though where I am uncertain is how to go about storing the Avid MediaFiles directory when I'm editing projects. Currently I have a 240 GB version of the Samsung 840 Pro SSD acting as my main MediaFiles drive. As of late, I am noticing 240 gb isn't really enough storage space, as I only have about 20 gb's left on a 5 min promotional video I'm currently working on. The main reason why I'm using this SSD is because I thought it would speed up rendering and overall performance in MC. I've definitely noticed a difference from my older system, but I'm not sure if its mainly because of the other components. Is a SSD over an HDD for the MediaFiles drive really that much better? I'm currently contemplating getting a 1tb-3tb internal WD black HDD to replace the SSD, or what if I just used my external 3tb Seagate HDD?. I'd rather have more room, save money and don't mind if it only costs me a few seconds when compared to the SSD.

Or, if the SSD is really important should I look into a bigger SSD solution?

There are many options on the table and I thought I'd ask for some guidance. So far I have spend around 1200 on this system and don't really want to spend that much more.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

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James Patterson
Re: Best storage solution for Avid MediaFiles folder/drive?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:44:15 am

SSD's make a big difference when your applications are on that drive but for your media, 7200 rpm HDD's are fast enough. Get a big internal drive (or drives set up as a raid) for your Avid media plus a couple of external drives to store the raw camera rushes. These can then double up as your backup and can be easily plugged in to relink for online.



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Peter Groom
Re: Best storage solution for Avid MediaFiles folder/drive?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:13:44 am

I have looked at SD drives, but as BIG ones are still very costly, Im inclined to stay with the MUCH cheaper traditional drives for media and have a break for coffee every now and then!

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