iMac - external drive to run with Final Cut

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Fantola, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Fantola macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Århus, Denmark
    I am an movie editor, and i'm going to buy the new iMac 27" when it comes out. (been waiting 6 months now)
    Does anybody know about it's possible to run your events from Final Cut Pro X from an external disc?. So its like all the events are saved onto the external disc?

    -Jonas, Denmark
  2. dmw16 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    I purchased a LaCie 2Big Thunderbolt enclosure from MacMall. They are expensive new but they had a refurbished one for less than $300.

    I setup a software RAID-0 with the 2 drives in the enclosure and it is very fast. Disk speedtest shows ~325 MB/s read and ~375MB/s write. I would think that would be fast enough for Final Cut.

    The only downside is the risk of data loss due to the RAID striping so you'll want a backup method of some sort assuming your data is important to you.

    With all that said you can setup in RAID-1 (mirrored) and you'll see slower writes but should see similar read speeds. And your data will be safer.

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