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    I have premiere pro 1.5 I have three SATA hard drives in my system. Can someone tell me the best way to use my hard drives? Obviously premiere pro 1.5 will be on my main system drive (which is 74G WD raptor SATA). I need to know how to best use my other two drives (both WD 250GB SATA). Should I save my project files on one drive and use the other for my scratch disks? Or, should I use one drive for audio scratch disk and the other drive for video scratch disk and put the project files on whichever?? I'm just a noob trying to figure out the best way to utilize my three hard drives. Please help!

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    Steve,

    Don’t forget about where your captured video will reside.

    I have a similar set up.

    System drive is where PPro software resides.

    I use the next internal drive for captured AVI’s and projects (and any items I will import, like WAV's, JPG's, TIF's,...). Just make sure you put them in different folders. (At the root of the drive, I have a folder called “PPro”. I have sub-folders under PPro called “Projects”, and another one called “Capture”. Under Projects, and Capture, I create new sub-folders for each project.

    I use the next internal drive as a scratch disk. I also separate the scratch files, by project name. That way, when I’m done with a project, I can easily delete the un-needed scratch files, freeing up HD space.

    The goal is to NOT put any video, projects, or scratch files on the System disk.

    Don’t forget to De-frag, very often.

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    @Mitchell

    What option do you choose when capturing for Audio ?

    Same as project ?

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    PPro\Capture\project name\audio

    Or if I'm using JPG's, TIF's, I will put them under:
    PPro\Capture\project name\JPG

    I basically put any working files under Project name, under Capture. This makes it clear to me, which project is using which misc files. Here again, when I delete a project, it is easy to see also which JPG',s WAV's (etc) that I no longer need.

    So under Project and Capture, I have the same Project name.

    EX:
    PPro\Project\project A\
    PPro\Capture\project A\audio
    PPro\Capture\project A\JPG

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    So let me see if I have this right...
    I have three drives "C", "F", and "G"
    I have premiere pro 1.5 on "C" (system drive)and I should capture video and save projects to "F" and I should set drive "G" for all (video and audio) scratch disk files. Does that sound correct?

    Oh also, I suppose my two extra drives could be in RAID 0, but what little information I can find on this topic it seems that video editors are not fans of RAID 0 because of the increased risk of data loss (because if one drive fails you loose the data for both)

    Final question... are you saying that when I'm totally finished with a project I could erase all of the scratch files? Sorry if these questions seem silly. I'm just new to this... just got premiere pro and my system and some total training videos and trying to get started. Thanks

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    "C", "F", and "G" Does that sound correct?




    That is how I do it, and it works rather nice for me. Others, with more drives, even span the items out more.

    are you saying that when I'm totally finished with a project I could erase
    all of the scratch files?




    If you have finished, and will not use the project again, Yes. They are no longer needed. They are just taking up hard drive space.

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    Question:

    I have some external drives that I use. I have 3 kinds of drive arrangements on my system.

    (3) 7200 rpm 160mb 8mb cache disks on the internal Ultra DMA 133 channel that measure out at 57MBsec. throughput speed using Tach HD to measure.

    (3) The same kind of 160gig 7200 8mb Drives - but external - on a Firewire chain. These come in at 27Mbsec. transfer speed.

    (3) Same kind of Drives - external - on a USB 2.0 connection. These come across at 19MBsec.

    I hear that some people do not like to use external drives with Premier -

    I do Ok with them generally but I am also wondering how to apportion my files.

    I use the C drive for Premier.

    Use an ATA 133 7200 for Captured AVI's and Project Files and maybe the third ATA for scratch audio and video. I sometimes also use the externals for scratch.

    How do others feel about real world externals - or best disk management philosophies?

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    Suzzie,

    I am not a big fan of using externals with PPro. I know people have reported it works fine for them. The only time I got "A serious error has occurred..." was long ago when I was using a laptop with one external drive for video and project. I immediately dumped that approach. I don't know if it was PPro, the laptop, or the external that caused it.

    However, I have been experimenting using an external USB drive for a scratch drive (with HDV none the less) on my desktop. So far, no problems. You can be assured I am using "save as" a lot, just in case. The jury is still out.

    "Once burned, twice shy."

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    Mitchell,

    Sorry if I'm beating a dead horse, but I was at work when I asked my previous questions. Now I'm at home... with my computer that has PPro 1.5

    If you go to Edit->Preferences->Scratch Disk Tab, you have five things to set up for scratch disks...

    Captured Video:
    Captured Audio:
    Video Previews:
    Audio Previews:
    Conformed Audio:

    So I think what you were telling me is to set Captured Video and Audio on one hard drive. And, set Video Previews, Audio Previews, and Conformed Audio to the other hard drive. Is that correct?

    Again, sorry if I repeating the question, but I want to get this right. The wording is just a little different when I'm actually looking at the scratch disk preference menu. It is refereing to captured video/audio under scratch disks... then conformed audio threw me. I guess I need to get the lingo down.

    Thanks for your help so far and thanks in advance for any further information you can offer.

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    Steve, you got it 100% right. Yes the wording is different, the concept is the same.

    (I was confused on this when I started. It's OK. We've all struggled with this. All of a sudden, it all makes sense.)

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