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John Stanowski
Where should I save my files?
on May 5, 2010 at 6:51:45 pm

I've been using AE for 3 years now and I only now discovered that I should be saving my source and footage files on a second drive (not the drive the app is running on).

Now I'm a little confused. I thought that I had read (back when I was first learning) that I should keep my Project Files and Footage on the main drive, in my case Macintosh HD and set my Disc Cache to a second drive.

Should I move all of my projects (project files, sources files, etc.) to my second drive?

Should I move "only" my footage files to my second drive and keep my Project Files with the app on MacHD?

Can anyone shed some light on this?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Where should I save my files?
on May 5, 2010 at 6:57:36 pm

[John Stanowski] "Should I move all of my projects (project files, sources files, etc.) to my second drive?"

Yes, you should. You should keep your system drive, the one with the OS and applications on it, free from as much reading and writing as you can.

You should do this as soon as you have spare time on your machine.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John Stanowski
Re: Where should I save my files?
on May 5, 2010 at 7:12:19 pm

Thank you. I'm going to stop everything and do that right now.

2009 Intel MacPro
8 cores
16gig ram
Snow Leopard (up-to-date)
Adobe Master Collection CS4


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Kazumi Hatori
Re: Where should I save my files?
on May 6, 2010 at 3:48:51 am

may I know what harm will be on the system drive to have projects and source files working on?


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John Stanowski
Re: Where should I save my files?
on May 6, 2010 at 4:48:07 am

After Effects will work slower because it needs to access the same hard drive for too many things. The computer will need to access the application on the main hard drive. So if the project and source files are on the same drive then too many things need to fit through "the pipes."

2009 Intel MacPro
8 cores
16gig ram
Snow Leopard (up-to-date)
Adobe Master Collection CS4


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