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1 First Place Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Red + Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Red +
By Seagate
9.9
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2 Best Value WD 4TB Black My Passport  Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 WD 4TB Black My Passport  Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0
By Western Digital
9.6
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3 WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN
By Western Digital
9.2
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4 WD 4TB My Passport for Mac Portable external Hard Drive - USB-C/ USB-A WD 4TB My Passport for Mac Portable external Hard Drive - USB-C/ USB-A
By Western Digital
8.8
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5 Silicon Power Black 1TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Armor A60, Shockproof USB Silicon Power Black 1TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Armor A60, Shockproof USB
By Silicon Power
8.7
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6 Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB Portable External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB Portable External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile
By Seagate
8.4
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7 LaCie Porsche Design 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (STEW4000400) LaCie Porsche Design 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (STEW4000400)
By LaCie
8.0
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8 Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB8000100) Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB8000100)
By Seagate
7.6
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9 Silicon Power SP020TBPHDA60S3KEU Armor A60 2TB Military-grade Shockproof/Water-Resistant USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Silicon Power SP020TBPHDA60S3KEU Armor A60 2TB Military-grade Shockproof/Water-Resistant USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External
By Silicon Power
7.5
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10 Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA4000400) Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA4000400)
By Seagate
7.3
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Best External Hard Drives and SSDs for Video Editing

- External hard drives are a necessity for a lot of videoediting projects, and choosing the right one can makea massive difference to the speed of your editing.

In this video we're gonna take a look at the different typesof hard drives and SSDs available, and my recommendationswhen it comes to the best drives for video editing.

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So let's jump into it.

Now when it comes to video editing, external drives canmake a big difference to the speed of your editing as wellas the security of your backups and your archives as well.

Now depending on your computer configuration and setup,and depending on the hard drives that you've alreadygot built into your computer, where an external drivecan speed up the process and speed upyour whole editing workflow is by separating the two.

So if you've got a standard hard drive, so not a super fastdrive, in your computer, and that's got your operatingsystem and all your programs and everything on it,then you can really speed up your editingby having your performance on your external drive.

Having an high speed external drive for fast accessto the footage, fast access to your project files,that will speed everything up.

Now in some cases you might already havea fast primary drive or an operating system drive.

Combining that with a fast external drive, and again,keeping the two separate, operating system and your projectfiles and media for your video editing,can once again speed things up even further.

So really everything comes down to the speedthat you can access and transfer your files and accessand run your programs to speed up the entire process.

Now there's a lot of different options out thereacross a huge range of prices, speeds, and configurations.

So in this video we're gonna take a lookat what they are and my recommendations if you'relooking for the best external drive for video editing.

And make sure you stick around 'cause I'll cover simple tipto help you easily backup your video projects on the flythat I've seen help save entire working projectsfrom being lost if your external drive ever crashes.

Now when it comes to drive there'sreally two main performance considerations.

The first is storage size, and the second is speed.

Obviously with videos, storage is the big thing.

Video files aren't small,so having enough storage is absolutely critical.

But speed is also really important.

And using slow hard drives canreally make your video editing painful.

With drives these days you can usuallyget one or the other relatively cheaply.

But combining the two into onedrive is where it gets expensive.

SSDs for example are fast, but they getexpensive quickly as your storage capacity goes up.

Hard drives on the other hand are slower,but you can get much much higher storage capacityversus an SSD for the same price.

With that in mind, using a mix of thetwo different types really starts to make sense.

Hard drives where the capacity is important,but speed is not so critical.

And SSDs where speed is the main requirement,but not so much the storage.

In regards to your video and your editing process,where do each of these matter?Well the primary use for the drives when you're editing arenumber one, working drives, and number two, backup drives.

So number one.

A working drive is where you store all your fileswhile you're working on a project, it's the name.

So here is where speed is important.

Because these are the files that you're gonnabe working off and editing off, so the faster drivesare gonna improve the response times in your editing,your rendering speed, your general speed of editing.

So you need something big enough to hold your files,but the focus is to get something as fast as you can.

The second one then is back up drives,and this is where your storage capacity matters the most.

So you wanna get drives as big as possible to back up yourcurrent project files for redundancy, to archive all yourcompleted projects, any B roll footage, really anything thatyou wanna keep for the future so that you have them handy.

Now because these are typically backups,they're not gonna be used for working files,your speed isn't a big concern here.

So now that we've covered the types of drivesand what's important, let's run through whatI'm currently using and what I recommend for each.

Okay, first off we'll look at working drives.

Now for small projects I use smaller fast SSD drives.

Both to hold the editing project and the video footage.

Now as these SSDs or high speed drives are typicallysmaller, I'll use them as temporary storage while I'mworking on these projects, these are the working drives.

Once I'm done with a project I'll back it upor I'll archive the project, and then I'llclear off the SSD, ready for the next project.

So the biggest benefit I get from working this wayis that my working drive, all the files and everything,are on high speed drives, so using an SSD.

So the file transfer's fast, the whole editing processworks fast, and it can also speed up your renderingand exporting if you're using fast drives as well.

I also make sure that the computers I'm editingon have fast primary drives as well so thatthe operating system runs fast and sothat the programs run quick and perform well as well.

So in regards to fast external SSD drives,the ones that I like are the one terabyteand two terabyte Samsung drives.

These are incredible fast, but they're not cheap.

And with your external drives it also comes downto how your drive is connected to your computer.

There's no point having a super fast hard drivebut losing all the speed with howyou're connecting it to your computer.

So you wanna make sure that you're usingat least USB three or USB 3.

1,or Thunderbolt Three on some of the newer devices.

The external drives that I'm currentlyusing are the Samsung T Three drives.

Now these are small, light, and incredibly fast.

This one's a one terabyte drive,but there are different sizes available.

So you just wanna get one that is able to hold the sizeof the projects that you're gonna have,and the number of projects that you're gonna have on the go.

So in regards to backups and archives,this is where you got your slower storagewhich is designed for redundancy and backups.

The ones that I use are a USB threeWestern Digital My Book drive.

These have a 7,200 RPM drive.

These are six terabyte drives,you can also get them in eight,and I think there's 10s out now or very soon as well.

I like to backup all my stuff to a network storage as well,a NES, so that I use that, I have a running backupof all my files, and then I use these as an offsite backup.

So that I have a copy of my files hereand running and accessible if I need to.

But also external in case of fire or theft.

So in regards to the Western Digital drives, I'm really notsomeone that is one brand specific or the other.

I've got some Seagates as well.

My approach to it is to get the best bangfor buck drive when you're looking to purchase.

These are the kinds of things that you're not normallybuying everyday, and next time you go to buy one,there'll be a better value drive available.

Higher storage, cheaper price.

So for me right now, I'm using the WDs,the Western Digitals.

But Seagate are another solid option as well.

And most of these normally have around a five year warranty,so they're really really good solid drives.

So my process then is I use the high speed drives,the SSDs, for the editing.

Once the projects are complete on there then I'll backupto our network storage, to our live running backup,and then I'll also transfer off to one of these.

Put it in the cupboard or put it externally,offsite as a backup as well.

Really even with these, the transfer rateon these is actually really really surprising.

You connect them through with USB three,I was pretty blown away with how fast these drives actuallyare and how quick you can get a heap of data onto them.

Now I've actually used these exact drivesto edit projects where we've had a huge amount of data,way more than you'd fit onto a couple of SSDs.

So they're definitely high performance drives.

So my recommendation to you would be, obviously dependenton your budget and workflow and how many editing projectsor whatever you're taking on, or videos you're producing,is try to edit off the fastest drives you can.

If the fastest drive that you've got is yourinternal hard drive in your computer, then use that.

Whenever possible look, at external drives, look at fastexternal drives, and then your backups can be slower drives.

But bigger drives so that you can back all of your stuff uponto them and put them away in case of fire or theft.

And really you should also have two copies of your backup.

So one onsite and one offsite.

So if there is a problem, you've at least got two copies.

You'd hate to have to pull out your backup driveand find that the drive didn't workor that it had died sitting and not running.

So I've definitely seen that happen as well,so always have two backup copies of every backup drive.

The other hard drives that I need to mentionin this video are your portable backup drives.

And this is really a mix of the two.

This is the smaller drives that are two terabyte,this one's actually a four terabyte so it's a little bitbigger, but theses are just powered off your computer.

So these are great for traveling with,'cause you don't need to take the bigger driveswith the power brick as well.

These are slower drives as well,most of these are 7,200 RPM.

So they're fast enough to edit off,but they're not gonna give you the full performancethat you would with editing offan SSD or a fast external drive.

But I'll take these with me when I'm travelingso that I can backup huge amounts of data.

Depending on the cameras and the projects we're working on.

So that I can get the backups going and if I haveto edit off these, these will work fine untilwe can come back to our higher speed drives here.

But even just for portable backup driveswhile you're traveling then these are perfect.

So this exact one is a Seagate four terabyte.

And this is a Western Digital two terabyte.

And both of these are incredibly cheap.

Now in regards to backups and not losing yourvideo editing projects while you're working on them,one tip that I have is to automatically sync yourworking folder with something like Google Drive or Dropbox.

And how you can do that is createa sync folder for either one of those twoand edit your project filesor your video files from those folders.

So that way they're constantly updating to Google Driveor Dropbox and the latest version is alwaysgoing to be up there in the cloud as well.

Now obviously this is gonna be dependent on how much datayou're actually moving around and your internet speeds,but wherever possible I'd try to edit directlyfrom a sync folder so that if my computer diedat any given moment, there is a backup that is automaticallydone without me having to manually do a backup.

Backups are one of those things that if we haveto do them manually, a lot of people don't do.

So you need to automate the process wherever possibleand having an automatic backup to Google Drive or to Dropboxis a great way to make sure that that is actually done.

Now if you are editing in something like Adobe Premier,then Adobe Premier does have a cloud backup option for you.

Make sure you turn it on,'cause most people have it but don't have it turned on.

So if your internet is good enough, this is somethingthat I would definitely recommend you do,even if it's just your project files or the working files.

If there's not enough bandwidth or internet capabilitiesto upload your entire lot of footage as well,make sure your footage is backed upto a couple of bigger, slower drives.

But make sure your working files are automatically backed up'cause they're typically much much smaller.

Now if you're interested in our recommended processfor backing up your videos then check outthe video linked on screen now that covers how we backupand archive our completed projects, and the best processto be sure that your old projects are accessible enoughto easily reuse parts or all of them in future videos.

I'll see you soon.

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