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James Paulley
Drive advice
on Jul 27, 2013 at 11:01:09 am

Hi, looking to optimise After Effects CS6 on a Mac, with occasional use of Premiere.

I currently have:

120GB Sandisk Extreme SSD - OS / programs
1TB Seagate Barracuda - Projects / media

I'm looking to buy another drive or 2. Was thinking:

Samsung 840 Pro 256GB - disk cache / media cache / exports / preview

Or maybe another HDD for exports?

If anyone could advise a good setup and where various things should be located on these drives I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Drive advice
on Jul 28, 2013 at 3:30:38 am

The most important thing for After Effects is to have your disk cache on the fastest drive over the fastest bus.

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James Paulley
Re: Drive advice
on Jul 28, 2013 at 10:41:28 am

Thanks Todd. Would I be right in thinking the fastest bus is a SATA III 6GBs port on my motherboard?

I think I'll have to get that Samsung 840 Pro 256GB as I've discovered the 120GB Sandisk Extreme is poor for incompressible data, which I assume is what AE needs? Also, 120GB for OS, apps and disk cache is getting a bit tight.

My only debate is whether I need another HDD, perhaps for previews and exports?


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James Paulley
Re: Drive advice
on Aug 18, 2013 at 8:19:54 pm

In the end I went for:

- 120GB Sandsik Extreme SSD: OS and apps
- 240GB Samsung 840 Pro: Disk cache, previews, media cache
- 1TB Seagate Barracuda: Project files
- 500GB Seagate Barracuda: Exports

Do you think that's a good setup?


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