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Running from external SSD 17 Nov 2019 10:41 #102681

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Hi all,

I'm thinking of moving my main drive (system folder, user accounts and apps) over to an external SSD thunderbolt drive to speed up my 2017 Retina iMac (64gb ram) which has a fusion drive. Footage is on an external RAID which seems to be fine but was finding software sluggish. Is this likely to improve performance at all? Planning on upgrading in the new year but wanted an interim solution. Using Catalina.
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Running from external SSD 18 Nov 2019 01:09 #102687

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I personally think that might not be worth the trouble. Is the entire machine sluggish? Because that would likely be my first plan of attack. Is there something running in the background?

Does the 2017 have the t2 chip? If so it may not be able to be run from an external. But I may be wrong on that one.

Also can depend on what effects you have installed. I’ve had serious issues running certain plugins, or using templates that have a lot of 3D items.

Is it your footage? Sometimes it can take a bit to respond for certain codecs and editing with them.

The reason why I’m pushing so hard against it- is if you get a new machine, if it’s the same kinda of issues, you will have done a lot of work for nothing.

I have a 2017 that is incredibly fast and haven’t had issues with 4k and loads of templates/effects.
(After I cleared some plugins that I believe slowed things down)

Anyway- hope that helps.
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Running from external SSD 18 Nov 2019 12:04 #102690

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What percentage of your system drive is left now as free space? That could be the issue. I do not think an external drive will be a viable solution. The cost and time involved to make that happen, not sure it's going to solve your issues.
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Running from external SSD 18 Nov 2019 12:29 #102691

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It would be hard to guess what the bottleneck in your system is. A RAID array of 6 HD or more should work just fine as would a Thunderbolt SSD. Having said that every week a FCPX user will post about a choppy and sluggish playback. Is it the HD, the GPU, the CPU or the T2 Chip? It would be great to see FCPX users post their statistics. Some video files are huge and require a lot of throughput from the hard drive system. Other video files will require a lot from the CPU and others will take a toll on the GPU or even the IGPU. Depending one what you are doing you CPU could hit 100% while the GPU is only at 20%. Having said that you might have the GPU at 90% and the CPU at 20%. I know Intel's Quick Sync does not work with all H.264 video files.

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