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Jacquie Nauman
Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 6, 2011 at 7:52:43 pm

I have an older model Mac Pro (See specs below) and need to add an internal drive. This model is a 2008 and had shipped with 320GB. I tend to run outta space quickly with my FCP setup. I use Lacie rugged 500GB drives to store a lot of my video (1 for active and 1 for archived projects) but would rather use them for archiving and Time Machine only while keeping my active stuff on the internal. I was looking at a 1TB SATA drive from B&H for $139 but the specs say it's for the early 2010 models. I could use some advice on the best drives for my system. I have gone thru 3 different external drives for my Time Machine (all iomega). Would love to know what other editors are doing for their set ups. Money is an issue and I know I can spend a lot but I'm trying to figure out the minimal I can get away with to solve my data issues. I just burned out yet another 500GB iomega which was my Time Machine drive....second in 2 years. I'm doing ok with 2GB of RAM and will consider upgrading that at a later date.

Thanks for any help!

Jacquie

MAC: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 2GB 800 MHZ DDR2 FB-DIMM
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2
Hard Drive: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Capacity: 319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 bytes)
Available: 90.22 GB (90,223,984,640 bytes)

Final Cut Pro 7.03


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Michael Gissing
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 6, 2011 at 10:49:21 pm

It is not recommended to have FCP media on the system drive. By internal do you mean the system drive or do you want to add an additional internal for media?


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 6, 2011 at 11:40:57 pm

You can drop ANY modern Sata drive in your mac.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Jacquie Nauman
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:09:50 am

Thanks Chris. Then I will assume the early 2010 model will do fine in my 2008.

MAC: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 2GB 800 MHZ DDR2 FB-DIMM
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2
Hard Drive: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Capacity: 319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 bytes)
Available: 90.22 GB (90,223,984,640 bytes)

Final Cut Pro 7.03


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Jacquie Nauman
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:08:52 am

Yes I mean inside the system. I have 3 empty slots for up to 1TB each. I've not heard that this is not good for FCP. In fact, I've heard just the opposite. I don't see the prob as long as it's 7200rpm. One of my work facilities works this way. Their externals are CalDigit VRs. Can't afford those for my personal system but figured an extra TB added to my system would help. You don't agree?

MAC: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 2GB 800 MHZ DDR2 FB-DIMM
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2
Hard Drive: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Capacity: 319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 bytes)
Available: 90.22 GB (90,223,984,640 bytes)

Final Cut Pro 7.03


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Michael Gissing
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:10:59 am

System drive has the OS and FCP software. Do not use this drive for media. Yes to adding internal drives into a MacPro. I have used my internal slots to setup a three drive RAID using 1.5TB drives. It is fast enough to run HD uncompressed.


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Jacquie Nauman
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 7, 2011 at 6:53:01 pm

One last question, Michael....do you have a preference of manufacturer for the internals? The 1TB I'm considering is Apple. There is also a 1.5 from Western Digital for about $20 more.

MAC: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 2GB 800 MHZ DDR2 FB-DIMM
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2
Hard Drive: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Capacity: 319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 bytes)
Available: 90.22 GB (90,223,984,640 bytes)

Final Cut Pro 7.03


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 7, 2011 at 6:59:48 pm

Hitachi 7200 RPM SATA drives are used in almost all of the high-end RAIDs. They are quite robust. I have forty or fifty Hitachi SATA drives and have had just one failure in six and half years.

David Roth Weiss
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Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

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Jacquie Nauman
Re: Upgrading my FCP system...need advice
on Nov 8, 2011 at 1:37:24 am

Good to know. Thanks David. I'll check out Hitachi as well.

MAC: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 2GB 800 MHZ DDR2 FB-DIMM
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2
Hard Drive: WDC WD3200AAJS-41VWA0
Capacity: 319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 bytes)
Available: 90.22 GB (90,223,984,640 bytes)

Final Cut Pro 7.03


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