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Non-RAID Storage Solution for 1st Build for Video Editing (Under $2000)

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July 19, 2013 12:18:29 PM

Hello All,

I think I have all my parts picked out and will order them later today for my 1st computer build. This build will be used for video editing only for a small business doing wedding videos, etc. One thing that I am still confused on is how to set up my storage. Dave Dougdale says to use an SSD for OS and programs, a Hard Drive for video files and another one for exports and another SSD for a scratch drive. I guess I would just get a 3TB external hard drive and back up just the hard drive with the video files on it? I don't want to use RAID because people tell me it is beyond my skill level at this time. Please give me your input. Here is the build I am working with: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/FledglingFilms/saved/1ZuL

Thank you ever so much!

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a c 885 G Storage
July 19, 2013 12:47:51 PM

I would recommend at least 1 other drive. You really need separate source and destination drives. IMO the scratch disk and OS being on the same ssd isn't a problem since considering the ssd is four times faster than the hdd's. It will cause the ssd to wear sooner but you should still enjoy many years of use out of it. I would guess at least 7. Dont forget to give the system plenty of time to run trim on the ssd.

As for the external backup drive - local harddrive for main storage and large external for backing up the main - perfect! I also suggest a burned copy of anything important and two copies of anything you never want to lose. One for offsite storage.

ps - the destination drive doesn't need to be large since you will move the file to the main drive (and backing it up). It does need to be as fast as the source drive though so be sure to read reviews/benchmarks. Often you can find the same drive in smaller capacities for a really good price.
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July 19, 2013 1:02:04 PM

popatim said:
I would recommend at least 1 other drive. You really need separate source and destination drives. IMO the scratch disk and OS being on the same ssd isn't a problem since considering the ssd is four times faster than the hdd's. It will cause the ssd to wear sooner but you should still enjoy many years of use out of it. I would guess at least 7. Dont forget to give the system plenty of time to run trim on the ssd.

As for the external backup drive - local harddrive for main storage and large external for backing up the main - perfect! I also suggest a burned copy of anything important and two copies of anything you never want to lose. One for offsite storage.

ps - the destination drive doesn't need to be large since you will move the file to the main drive (and backing it up). It does need to be as fast as the source drive though so be sure to read reviews/benchmarks. Often you can find the same drive in smaller capacities for a really good price.


Okay so have the OS and program and scratch disk all be on the same SSD. Then have the source disk my 2tb seagate and then a 3rd hard drive for exporting the video to? This could be a very small hard drive since I would just move those files once they are done rendering. Is that what you mean? And then I suppose best option would be add a 4th SSD drive to have as a scratch disk. Maybe like a 64GB drive?
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a c 885 G Storage
July 19, 2013 1:46:08 PM

Programs can be anyplace. Your source and destination drives will be plenty large enough. LoL.
Personally I would raid the HDD's considering the processor you have/will get but this make backups very important as raids have twice the chance to fail and loose everything.

As for your destinations drive, this is the best match at $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

since I could not source the 750gb model (st750dm003)

for the small extra price you just might consider gettin the other TB for the thirty bucks.
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July 19, 2013 2:13:08 PM

popatim said:
Programs can be anyplace. Your source and destination drives will be plenty large enough. LoL.
Personally I would raid the HDD's considering the processor you have/will get but this make backups very important as raids have twice the chance to fail and loose everything.

As for your destinations drive, this is the best match at $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

since I could not source the 750gb model (st750dm003)

for the small extra price you just might consider gettin the other TB for the thirty bucks.


Ok thanks. What external hard drive to you suggest for backup and can I just use the windows 8 software to do the back up? And when I backup do I just set it up to back up only my source drive with the original video files?
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