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Question: Most efficient hard drive workflow for FCPX?

Current workflow:


- Maxed out Mac Mini (late 2012) w/ Fusion Drive
- FCPX app running off of the Fusion Drive
- WD MyBook 4TB HDD (5400 RPM) external hard drive where my raw data and FCPX libraries sit (I have 1 TB left on this drive as I shoot in 4K - getting a MacBook Pro in a year)
- WD MyBook 4TB HDD (5400 RPM) external hard drive that CarbonCopyClones my Mac Mini HD and my other WD MyBook HDD as a means of backing up (100 GB left on this drive)


This current workflow is not ideal. It's slow and editing / rendering is taking me way longer than it should.


Without replacing the Mac Mini (which I'll be doing in a year) what is the most ideal way to speed up this workflow and create a long-term (higher capacity) backup system.

Mac mini (Late 2012)

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Nov 14, 2017 10:15 AM in response to Creseba In response to Creseba

A single 5400rom HD is too slow.

If each of your productions is small enough buy an external usb3 ssd (or an internal ssd and put it in an external usb3 case).

Use a library per production and work on the ssd. When finished copy it off to th hd to make room on the ssd for the next one.

Nov 14, 2017 10:15 AM

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