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Mac Pro 2019: Scratch Disk

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Hi,

 

I'm getting the new Mac Pro and am trying to work out how much hard drive space I'll need. I'm thinking at least 4TB but need to know: do AE, Premiere and Media Encoder still use the hard drive as a scratch disk? On the Mac Pro I can only add 2 proprietary Apple SSD drives (2 1TB, 2 2TB, 2 4TB).

 

There's no adding 3rd party drives internally (thanks, Apple), so I have to make the right choice now. Unless these apps just use RAM.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Mac Pro 2019: Scratch Disk

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Hi,

 

I'm getting the new Mac Pro and am trying to work out how much hard drive space I'll need. I'm thinking at least 4TB but need to know: do AE, Premiere and Media Encoder still use the hard drive as a scratch disk? On the Mac Pro I can only add 2 proprietary Apple SSD drives (2 1TB, 2 2TB, 2 4TB).

 

There's no adding 3rd party drives internally (thanks, Apple), so I have to make the right choice now. Unless these apps just use RAM.

 

Thanks in advance.

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This is one of those "your mileage will vary" type answers.  

 

The higher the storage capacity, the larger the Media Cache.  If 4TB fits your budget, get it.  

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Did you notice the Promise Pegasus J2i 8TB Internal Storage Enclosure for Mac Pro?

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Apple Insider has a pretty good article on internal storage options for the Mac Pro from July 2020.

 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/07/02/how-to-upgrade-mac-pro-storage-with-apples-new-mac-pro-ss...

 

 

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I'm running new Mac Pros in two edit suites in my facility currently.  They both have 96GB RAM, 2TB factory SSDs, but most of our jobs are stored on an external server, so the SSDs really just store local material, and a few jobs that we store exclusively on Dropbox so outside team members can easily contribute.  

 

We're having no issues at all with local storage or scratch disk space, so I can recommned this config as being reliable and stable.  Note that we went for the base level CPU with the fastest raw CPU speed, as Adobe software doesn't gain great efficiencies from multiple cores.  But it still has plenty of guts for Cinema 4D renders etc.

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Thanks for the insights, everyone.  I'm going to keep what I have and eventually get the OWC Accelsior 4M2, which apparently has faster throughput than the Apple SSDs.

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