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Old July 16th, 2015, 06:43 PM   #1
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Solid State Drive/s

Just toying with the idea of getting an ssd... but am interested in how people use them in relation to video editing.

Some stuff I've read seem to indicate they are used for operating systems and programs (quick start up -nice but not necessary), but not perhaps not for working files.

I would quite like to boost the performance of my editing and am wondering whether an ssd would do so.

Or...perhaps even putting a faster cpu on my MB. I have an Asus p8z68 Deluxe/Gen 3 MB with an i7 2400 (I think... I'm away from home at the mo so can't confirm what I have) Sandy bridge CPU.

Apparently I can go up to:

'ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 CPU compatibility list

The fastest processors are Core i7-3770, i7-3770K and i7-3770S. They also have the best single-threaded performance from all listed parts. The performance evaluation is valid only for part numbers that we successfully matched.'

Would such a change make much difference?
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Old July 16th, 2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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SSD rock. You can either put your os and apps or if it's large enough put your current project and render to it.
Either get 500gb or 1tb depending on your budget.


SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E500B/AM 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com
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Old July 16th, 2015, 07:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Pete. I was thinking of a Samsung 850 Pro 512gb...1tb cost a heap more. Will check my size requirements when I get home. I think I have about 100gb at present for my c drive...OS and apps...
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Old July 16th, 2015, 08:11 PM   #4
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i use an ssd (120gb) for os+apps, and a couple of 7.2k hd internally for bouncing stuff around. all projects are bk'ed to portable usb's

frankly i don't think you'd see much difference using ssd for projects under 2/4k (though i can't speak from experience as i'm hd only).

better a faster cpu generally gives the best performance increase overall.

btw. i really do like the speed of app switching using ssd compared to hd. frankly bootup, though very fast isn't particularly important, i mean how many times a day do you reboot ;-), but switching / opening programs is FAST!
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Old July 16th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #5
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I cloned my hard drive with an SSD for os and apps. Programs now boot up very quickly
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Old July 17th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #6
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I had a 960GB Intel SSD in my laptop and it failed after about 2 years. Luckily I'd bought the 3-year warranty from Sager so they replaced it for free, but something I read afterwards was that you don't want to be running a disk defragmenter on your SSD. I didn't run any on mine on purpose but I suspect my anti-virus software (Norton) was possibly doing it automatically from time to time. It is not necessary and I've heard that it can cause them to fail.

I like the speedy start-ups of my machine and my programs with SSDs. For all my media and editing, I just use Western Digital portable USB 3.0 drives.


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Old July 17th, 2015, 05:39 AM   #7
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Samsung have a 10 year warranty... apparently...
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Old July 17th, 2015, 07:34 AM   #8
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guarantees are all well and good, but the time wasted farting around getting, installing and re-imaging are things i like to avoid at the best of times...

so far all my ssd's have performed as expected. my only failures recently have been old hd's.
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Old July 21st, 2015, 05:36 PM   #9
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Sooo...I now have an SSD, 512GB, with something like 300GB of free space, so have the benefit of fast bootup, and program opening.

If I'm going to get benefit from editing in Vegas, what vegas files would I need on the SSD? Everything that relates to a particular project?

The project I'm working on involves 13 episodes. Each episode has its own folder and the folders vary between about 50 and 90GB in size. I work on each episode until it is finished. So if the whole folder was needed it would involve moving quite a volume of stuff back and forth.
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Old July 21st, 2015, 05:56 PM   #10
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In a presentation a couple of years ago it was said there were a couple of SSD technologies in use with one type being suitable for multiple read/write ops while the other better suited for use as system drives that don't see much in the way of write ops. Is that still the case? As for as warranties, they signify the reliability the manufacturer places on the device, so I usually look for a 5 year warranty.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 02:13 PM   #11
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Renton, you should use a separate hard drive for your actual video files. You can edit files that reside on the same drive as your OS, but it's not advised.. The pros do not do that. Pros use one drive for OS, one for video files, others for archiving, storage, etc.
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