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  • New set up questions

    Posted by Darren Ruddock on August 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Hi guys,

    Hope you are all good!

    Im finally replacing my 11 year old Mac Pro, its been a workhorse but the Mac graveyard is calling. Im going for the following spec IMac..

    27″ Retina 5K Display
    3.6GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
    8 GB of RAM (buy a 32 GB RAM upgrade from a 3rd party)

    I’m toying with a 512ssd for the internal drive. I’d like to keep that really for current projects and then archive to external drives.

    A couple of questions…

    Can I run FCPX from the ssd but possibly, have my footage on an external and edit from there? Could I actually run FCPX from an external drive? I’m thinking, keeping the internal boot drive as clear as possible is always a good idea.

    Same sorta question for Motion and After Effects, any ideas with those??

    Also, If I did opted for a Fusion Drive instead of an ssd (save cash) can the Fusion be exchanged for an ssd at a later date??

    Many thanks

    Doug Metz replied 4 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Warren Eig

    August 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Keep programs in the applications folder on the internal drive. Keep media on an exterior RAID or other external drive.

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  • Doug Metz

    August 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    [Darren Ruddock] “I’m going for the following spec IMac..

    27″ Retina 5K Display
    3.6GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
    8 GB of RAM (buy a 32 GB RAM upgrade from a 3rd party)

    I’m toying with a 512ssd for the internal drive. I’d like to keep that really for current projects and then archive to external drives.”

    I recently did the same for my home rig, but opted for the 1TB SSD. I keep all of my projects and media on an external Thunderbolt 2 RAID. I went with the larger internal SSD because I maintain large sound libraries… I try not to edit media on my boot disk, but others on this board do it without issue. With video, though, you can run out of space in a hurry.

    [Darren Ruddock] “A couple of questions…

    Can I run FCPX from the ssd but possibly, have my footage on an external and edit from there? Could I actually run FCPX from an external drive? I’m thinking, keeping the internal boot drive as clear as possible is always a good idea.

    Same sorta question for Motion and After Effects, any ideas with those??

    Also, If I did opted for a Fusion Drive instead of an ssd (save cash) can the Fusion be exchanged for an ssd at a later date??”

    As Warren mentions, keep your apps in the Applications folder and your media on an external drive – the faster the better.

    As for the internal SSD… when you order SSD from Apple, they install a proprietary NVMe stick which is crazy fast. The Fusion drive uses a small NVMe and a larger mechanical (slow) drive, which work in tandem as a single unit. They’re not especially quick, but not horrible either. You can get aftermarket SSDs to install in the iMac, but those will typically be SATA III, which are less than half the speed of the Apple-installed NVMe – plus, they’re difficult to install and will void your warranty. Get the Apple SSD and an external for media / edit.

    Doug Metz

    Dalton+Anode

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