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How to use Final Cut pro with external hard drive?

6620 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2013 2:03 PM by monstermachine RSS
craigbuckley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 15, 2013 9:22 PM

I have too little space on my computer so I have to use final cut pro x with an external hard drive, but whenever I have the hard drive plugged in and Final cut going, my computer goes very slow. I just upgraded to 16gb ram... but can't seem to run FCP x while an external hard drive is plugged in. FCP just freezes up and I have to force quit.

  • furrytoes Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)

    I have to use final cut pro x with an external hard drive

    I hope it's safe to say, that's  the best way to do it.
    Your internal drive has enough work to do without video editing thrashing it around.

     

    I don't know what's going on when you plug it in, though.

    Have you checked the drive in "Disk Utility" - Verify Disk or Repair Disk?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    craigbuckley wrote:

    … whenever I have the hard drive plugged in and Final cut going, my computer goes very slow.…

    how connected?

    how formatted?

    is it already indexed by Spotlight?

     

    I'm with furrytoes:

    extHDD is best practice and should speed-UP your setup

     

    btw and completely off-topic:

    furrytoes - shouldn't be New Zealand your natural habitat?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    craigbuckley wrote:

    …  I guess I just don't understand the whole process

    read the Manual

    http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/mac/10.0.6/#ver4e2e1bd

     

    basicly:

    • de-locate media online WITHIN FCPX, not via a Finder operation

    • tell FCPX where it should look for corresponding media ....

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,950 points)

    craigbuckley wrote:

    all the files and events in final cut are still on my internal, so my internal drive is still full.... Do I have to go and delete everything off my internal?

    In addition to the excellent advice to keep your media on an external HDD, you need to make sure that your system (boot) drive has a decent amount of free space if you want to have a satisfactory editing experience. Many people recommend not going below 20% free space. That's especially so for the boot drive, but as you fill up the external, its performance will also slow. Ideally, we would have separate media and backup drives,

     

    You don't need to "delete everything". Rather, you first figure out what needs to be moved. You copy those files to the other drive and then verify that all the files you copied are in two locations. At that point you can delete those files from your boot drive.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • Virtual Jonny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ihad the same problem and found spotlight to be the cause.  Because I use the external drive solely for my FCP X files, I excluded it from Spotlight and have had no problem since.

  • monstermachine Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    to clear out space you can delete high quality render files from the render folder in you final cut projects. that saves up a lot of space.

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