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Laptop for editing and hard drive setup

Engaged ,
Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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Hello,

I just got a windows 10 laptop with USB C and USB 3 ports. The OS is on a 500GB SSD.

How do you recommend I setup my hard drives/SSDs for premiere? My Desktop PC has 3 SSd's but obviously I can't fit 3 internally into a laptop.

Should I edit of the OS SSD drive or get a USB C external SSD? Just trying to figure this out. I tested on my PC and a regular HDD external via USB 3.0 isn't cutting it as the read speed isn't that good. Even tried proxies for external HDD and it slows down the timeline if I have heavy intense effects.

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Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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Moved to Hardware Forum​ for expert advice.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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obviously I can't fit 3 internally into a laptop.

That's why Laptops aren't the best choice for editing.  For organization and cost reasons, I recommend five drives as a starting point.

C: System

D: Project files, stills, audio

E: Cache and Scratch

F: Camera media only

G: Exports

Plus some type of backup solution.

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Engaged ,
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should any of them be an SSD external? like a usb c drive?

By the way I still can't get any media to run off a HDD even via SATA III on my Desktop. I even made cineform proxies. What's going on? I have to have all media on SATA III SSD.

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What are the full laptop specs?

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LEGEND ,
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Here is what I do with this laptop.  Of course all OS/Applicstions on the internal SATA III laptop port.  Then I have several Samsung T series USB portable SSD's.  I put all the media and project files on the Samsung.  Here is the performance test of the Samsung T5 on this laptop.  I only ran the sequential tests because that is the significant test for sequential video files.

T5-USB3.0-Laptop.png

When I run the Disk I/O export writing to this device directly from Premiere Pro I get 374 MB/second. 

The other feature of this type of workflow is that you can almost instantly go from your laptop to your desktop almost instantly and of course vice-versa.  Forget any hard disk drives except for backup and/or archiving

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