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ChrisFitzgerald Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All,

 

I've been creating instructional videos for a youtube series and have been negligent in getting an external hard drive to store the files on. During the latest video compilation, I was almost done compiling the last clip into the project and I got a message that my iMac hard drive is full.  I've known that I should have gotten an external drive for my movie files for some time now and just kept putting it off because life is so busy, so this is all my fault, but at this point I need to actually take care of the issue. So my questions:

 

- I have heard that using a Firewire 800 drive on this machine would be preferable to using USB, but would like confirmation on this before ordering/purchasing.

 

- If anybody has recommendations on specific drives for this purpose, feel free to recommend them! I only have cursory knowledge of such things. My backup drive is a 2TB Western Digital drive that works fine, but something like that might not be the best thing for movies.

 

- Once I purchase the drive, how can I move my FCPX files to it (including the current project) and still be able to edit this last project? I don't quite yet understand the concept of "proxy media".

 

Any and all help appreciated, as always!

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    Unless you are doing very complex videos a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 HDD will be perfectly OK.

     

    I use the cheapest WD or Seagate USB 3.0s I can find.

     

    Select the Event and choose File>Move Event.

     

    Select the Project and choose File>Move Project.

     

    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    Your Western Digital drive should be fine as long as it has plenty of free space.

  • ChrisFitzgerald Level 1 (0 points)

    Ian - thanks for the replies! Very helpful. I'm going to need to get a dedicated drive for movies, as these projects have lately been between 30 and 40 minutes long (although they are pretty simple for all of that from an editing point of view).  So my next question would be, when I go to "File>Move Event" and "File>Move Project", once the files are moved to the hard drive I designate, are they also automatically deleted fromt he internal hard drive of the computer, or do I need to do that in a seperate step?

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    I can't remember as it's something I did a couple of years ago. 

     

    This link should answer all your questions  ..........  including the ones you haven't asked yet.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5773

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    This one may be even better and easier to follow.

     

    http://www.larryjordan.biz/fcp-x-move-events-or-projects/

     

    Note that Larry does not use the File menu, he simply opens the Event and Project windows directly with keyboard commands.

  • ChrisFitzgerald Level 1 (0 points)

    Very helpful, thanks! I have one of these for my backup drive: http://www.staples.com/WD-My-Book-Essential-2TB-External-Hard-Drive-USB-30/produ ct_906287#pr-header-back-to-top-link and like it very much so far. I may just get another for this.

     

    One last question: how do I know if my 27" imac has usb 3.0, or does it even matter for this?

  • furrytoes Level 2 (220 points)

    I'm pretty sure it would only have USB3 if it also had thunderbolt (and no Firewire)

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    Look in the instruction manual (pamphlet!)

     

    It doesn't really matter as USB 3.0 sockets can also use USB 2.0 and USB 1.0 hardware.

     

    If you only have USB 2.0 sockets you can still use a USB 3.0 HDD but it will only work at USB 2.0 speed, which is plenty fast enough for most purposes.

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 6 (9,515 points)

    ChrisFitzgerald wrote:

     

    Very helpful, thanks! I have one of these for my backup drive: http://www.staples.com/WD-My-Book-Essential-2TB-External-Hard-Drive-USB-30/produ ct_906287#pr-header-back-to-top-link and like it very much so far. I may just get another for this.

     

    One last question: how do I know if my 27" imac has usb 3.0, or does it even matter for this?

     

    What is the model of this iMac? I think the late 2012 models (the thin ones without an optical drives) are the first to have USB3.

     

    You can find it out for sure by running the System Profiler (Option-click on the Apple menu will show it instead of the usual "About this mac"); you may also download the free program Mactracker, which gives information about all mac models and more: just click on "this mac" on the left pane to see the relevant info for your mac.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    My 2008 iMac doesn't have USB 3.0 but I have it on my Toshiba laptop.

     

    It has a blue colour  ...........  I don't know whether Macs are the  same.

     

    xx.JPG

     

    Incidentally the photo makes the laptop appear as though it's just been dredged up from the bottom of the ocean but it's really smart and clean.

  • ChrisFitzgerald Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again. Got a WD 3TB drive, formatted it, it shows up fine through the USB 2.0 on the machine. Following the links in the Larry Jordan article, I copied all of the events folders onto the new drive, which took some time as they totalled about 301 GB. Haven't copied the Final Cut Projects folders yet, but will do that once I'm sure what I'm doing. Now that all of this stuff is on the new drive, I'm assuming I need to delete it from the old drive to make space, correct (otherwise, my internal HD is still full)? If I do that, will FCPX still know how to find everything on the new drive? I'm kind of afraid to delete this stuff until I know what will happen, but can't do any new FCP work on my latest project until I have more space on the internal drive.

  • ChrisFitzgerald Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, Ian - just saw your last post: my tabs are white, so i'm assuming that mine is USB 2.0. Hoping this will still be fast enough to store the media on the (new) movie drive and let the internal drive run the program. And I wouldn't have said that your computer looks dirty at all!

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    I have just tested moving an Event and shortly after the move the original Event auto-deleted, so you shouldn't need to do any manual trashing.

     

    I suppose the clue is in the title ....... MOVE Event ...... if it's moved it won't be in 2 places.

     

    I have been using USB 2.0 HDDs exclusively for over 3 years with FCE 4, Final Cut Studio 3 and FCP X and never had any problems (due to the hard drives).

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 6 (9,515 points)

    The usb ports in macs are never blue, whether they are usb2 or usb3

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