Hard Drive setup for video and audio production

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superman1013

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For a year I've had constant mess with hard drive organization. i'd like to solve that but not sure exactly what the best setup should be for my workflow. Here is the programs I use for my business which requires both Video, Photo and Audio editing. I am using an iMac Intel Core i7 processor with 2GB of Video Ram. I have four USB 3 slots and two Thunderbolt slots which are already taken up for two display monitors. Below is the software I use and what I use each one for. Video: Premiere Pro, After Effects and Speedgrade. Footage is converted to Apple Pro Res. Photo Editing: Lightroom, Photoshop and digital scanning Audio: Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition CC and Reason. I edit, mix and produce music tracks and also edit audio for podcasts. Out of all those software programs I use and what I do with each one should I do this for my hard drive management? Have one External Hard Drive that holds every media file such as video, audio and photos Get a second External Hard Drive for cache files such as Render files? (known as scratch disk in Premiere.) Get a third external drive for all exports of completed media files. get a fourth external hard drive large enough to backup drives 1 through 3. I once read an article that said I should be using one external hard drive per software program. That sounds like overkill to me. Why would I need external hard drives for every program I use? Can someone please give me advice as to whether I'm in the right ballpark for finally getting my hard drives organized?
 

Oddba11

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Typically, you would have an OS drive (which would also store all of your software).

As for audio/video editing, for best results, you would typically use two drives. Data is read from one drive and written to the other. This alleviates the bottleneck of trying to read and write to a single drive. I would recommend internal drives over external drives, but external drives should work as well, assuming you have a proper interface (ie: eSATA or USB3).

And as always, ensure you make backups of any data that you don't want to lose. Hardware fails all the time, typically without any warning. And external drives fail more often then internal models.
 
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