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Neal Klaeser
Hard Drive Recommendation
on Jun 18, 2017 at 2:38:46 am

Wanted a recommendation for a hard drive to use with Adobe Premiere on a PC.
I often see HD's with speeds of 5400 or 7200rpm? Which speed would be optimum for editing?
I have looking at Lacie rugged hard drives but their speed is 5400rpm.

Neal Klaeser
Real to Reel Productions

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Chris Wright
Re: Hard Drive Recommendation
on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:24:25 am
Last Edited By Chris Wright on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:38:53 am

What is your media and budget?
The most mainstream answers are
1-Ssd for os 850 evo/pro
2-2nd ssd project files, scratch, media cache
3-Backup drive

Another ssd just for media cache/scratch

Upgrade project file disk to nvme 960 m.2 or raid
For system redundancy.

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Brent Marginet
Re: Hard Drive Recommendation
on Jun 18, 2017 at 6:34:56 am
Last Edited By Brent Marginet on Jun 18, 2017 at 6:40:17 am

If budget is a concern then stick to Hard Drives.
7200RPM Drives are a fair bit faster than 5400's but it can be difficult to find what RPM some of the drives are running at these days.
As an example Seagate has several drives that seem to have the same performance as the 7200rpm drives but actually run at 5900RPM.
Seagate didn't publish this spec anywhere and I only got the answer via a direct email to there technical support.

The last thing to think about is what Interface.
USB 3 is the most common but many cheap external cases have really poor Bridge Boards with really poor caching.
This will cause laggy playback and it can just plain slow you down.
Of course cheap USB 3 Chipsets on motherboards or cheap expansion cards don't help things either.
If possible use eSata for External Enclosures.

"MY MEDIA MOTO: If you think three copies of your media is enough.
Take a moment to place a value on it and then maybe add two more.
Hard Drives are now stupidly cheap. A RE-SHOOT AND YOUR TIME AREN'T."

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Chris Wright
Re: Hard Drive Recommendation
on Jun 18, 2017 at 9:47:38 am

What your're looking for is mb/sec. determined by your video codec. If your on a flat broke budget, A wd black can push over 100 mb /sec or several h.264 4k vids.
Any prores 4k will require a ssd 850 although red 4 streams Okay.

A good cheap, fast ssd with large storage is pny cs1111. Non-prores 4k though.
A t1 or t3 external will require usb 3.1 chipset to get full sata3 speeds.
Any thunderbolt setup will probably be outside your range.

Dont forget proxies are easier to use than ever and dont cost anything!

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