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large external hard drive for fcpx editing 03 Sep 2016 09:44 #79603

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Hi, a two part question:

1. I was wondering how people manage their media: is it recommended to store media on an external hdd and reference to it? Or are Libraries & projects also stored on an external drive?

2. I have around 4TB of video and would like to purchase a large external hdd that is fast enough for 4k video editing (with proxy or optimised media, single stream, nothing too fancy etc). I just bought the new 5k iMac which has thunderbolt connections.
I read up a lot on thunderbolt vs USB3 speeds, hdd drive speeds, RAIDs etc but am none the wiser. I don't want it to be overkill either.
Would this one be good enough: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BBZ4Q0C/r..._title_2?ie=UTF8&psc =1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
Or is it better to use for backup and should I go for the TB version: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FIYJ7LG/r..._title_1?ie=UTF8&psc =1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

Or would a USB3 be fast enough with a dual RAID0 type drive? www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Desktop-External-D...080JCH-EESN/dp/B00L9 0DX04/ref=pd_sim_147_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YFMN75KFN652T20XB40B

Price differences are quite extreme and I don't quite know how much of a real difference it would make to my editing.
I did struggle with my 2010 macbook pro and an external 5400rpm portable hard drive so would like to avoid this situation.
Many thanks in advance!
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large external hard drive for fcpx editing 30 Dec 2017 14:45 #92853

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"Once someone begins to use HD, UHD or 4K, they will have opened the door to using other extreme video formats such as 5K, 8K, and possible worse. What the theory fails to take into consideration is the influence of other factors, such as the environment, trauma or mental illness."

Yeah, that slippery slope...

All media and Libraries should be on a secondary drive, for sure. Never put it on the system drive, for performance sake.

You want the fastest external drive you can get. SSD or HDD 7200rpm, nothing else. RAID is faster. RAID 5 for anything 4 drives or larger.

Thunderbolt is faster than USB 3, but not all drives or RAIDs will fill up the enormous Thunderbolt bandwidth.

It is a daunting task to figure it all out. Depending on how much work you're doing, how future proof you want it to be, are you making a living or just doing a hobby? I'd say Thunderbolt RAID if you already have 4TB of data, cause that will grow over time, too.

Promise makes some of the nicest, fastest around. OWC is really good and reliable. If you're doing 4K video, you want something with multiple drives in a RAID format. Check some of these.
eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/Exte...ive/OWC/ThunderBay-4

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