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What are the best external hard drives for video editing? I’m gonna break it down based on FOUR types of editors I most commonly see as well as a hard drive’s SIZE, SPEED, and EFFICIENCY.


0:00 | Opening
0:42 | Intro
1:32 | Types of Video Editors
2:23 | Mobile & Disorganized Editors
5:30 | Mobile & Organized Editors
6:41 | Immobile & Disorganized Editors
8:35 | Immobile & Organized Editors
10:06 | Recap of Best Drives for Different Types of Editors
12:18 | Hit Me Up In The Comments
12:32 | Don’t Forget to Backup Your Data
12:53 | Closing
13:15 | End Cards

Links to all the hard drives mentioned:

Samsung T5 SSD 2TB |
Samsung T5 SSD 1TB |
SanDisk Extreme SSD 2TB |
LaCie Rugged HDD 5TB |
Samsung 870 QVO SSD |
LaCie Rugged HDD 4TB Thunderbolt |
Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 Adapter |
Samsung T7 SSD 2TB |
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD 2TB |
Samsung X5 SSD 2TB |
Samsung X5 SSD 1TB |
LaCie Rugged SSD Pro 2TB |
LaCie Rugged SSD Pro 1TB |
LaCie 1big Dock |
G-Technology G-RAID 12TB Thunderbolt |
Promise Pegasus32 R4, R6 & R8 |
G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle |
LaCie 6big & 12big RAID |

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Mackie CR3 Studio Monitors |
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Samsung T5 1TB |
LaCie Rugged 1TB Thunderbolt / USB-C SSD |
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38 thoughts on “What Are The Best EXTERNAL Hard Drives for VIDEO EDITING? g technology armoratd”

  1. A couple of things – did this video with my teleprompter and am very curious what ya'll think! Also, got a bit of a different look with this vid – I filmed it with my C300 MkII and used a custom-made LUT from our ol' friend Cody Jones! Lemme know what you think! Lastly – what hard drive are YOU using to edit your videos??? Thanks for watching!

  2. how to saving project simultaneously on two disc a same time in FCPX, SSD external and internal Mac disc? It is possible at all? I have problem with randomly disconnecting external drive all the time, so i moved whole library of project on internal disc, but everything can happen. And would be great to have saving project on two discs in real time. Many thanks for any advice and help anyway 🙂

  3. Thanks for an excellent video …. I’m primarily a stills shooter and looking to move to an M1 iMac or MacMini and trying to find a similar video for recommendations for photo editing in LR. At the moment looking at a 1TB internal plus I ideally need 3-4 TB external …. Mainly archive, but will often go go and edit older images, so can’t be too slow

  4. Hi, I need your help seriously I am stuck by myself and I can not make buying decision. I am a photographer and I do photo and videos but not in a big capacity I can tell you this, my entire unorganized ( witch I am planing to organize) data are 4TB. i am planing to upgrade my camera to Sony Alpha 1 witch is good for photo and video. I do travel and I have a SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD to store my data. my current workflow is as this date transfer from my SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD to my iMAC 5K with 1TB storage and do editing. Due to my Data volume I transfer yearly Data to my G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 4TB and backing it up with the Carbon copy cloner to LaCie 6TB Thunderbolt. My iMAC also will backup by Time Machine automatically. I plan to buy a storage system to transfer my data from my SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD to and start work on my data off the iMAC. also I am looking for backup RAID system. Maybe you can advice me better workflow system and I will appreciate it.

  5. SSDs are mega expensive! I am new to all of this so if anyone can help with a affordable SSD. Otherwise I might have to just get an external hard drive. But from what I have researched so far hard drives are not good for mobile people because of the moving parts inside the drive that get messed up from moving around a lot. I am very mobile. I go to college and skate literally everywhere. I am not sure whether getting an external hard drive is a good idea, but none of the links in the description for SSDs are affordable for me. I am also barely beginning to film and edit, so I do not know if getting an SSD right off the bat is a good idea. Please help.

  6. Thank you for the video! I am a beginner when it comes to video editing. I have a MacBook Pro and use Final Cut Pro for editing. Due to my small internal storage, I end up deleting project files and the media used after the project is completed. I know this isn't ideal especially in case clients may need future revisions. Which hard drive option would you recommend?

  7. You recommended the T5 samsung, do you recommend the T5 over the T7. I’m shooting and editing on my iPhone. And I’m running into a storage space issue on my iPhone. I have 2TB of iCloud space. But for some reason the iCloud files are still on my phone. Anyways. I think an external drive is the way to go, that way I can dump footage while on a shoot on the go. If I’m not connected to wifi is that even possible?

  8. ok, the quality of this video was amazing. As someone who isn't tech-literate, you made me feel really comfortable taking in this knowledge. I tend to be really organized, but my laptop is now struggling to free up space. I do plan on living in another state half of the year soon, so I imagine something mobile but organized would be for me???

  9. Absolutely awesome video Matthew! I really appreciated your cozy setup and lighting, together with that intro and just all of the valuable information you provided. Thank you so so much, this has been very helpful!!

  10. I read on an Amazon review that Seagate's crappy quality and crappy customer service completely ruined LaCie and that LaCie drives are now garbage.

  11. LOVED everything about this video! The thumbnail, title, intro, and everything! Hope more people come across your channel!! Thanks for being so organized & sharing with us your knowledge! Definitely subscribing!

  12. this deserves more views
    i needed confirmation that if i only use 1080hd material i would still need a ssd, but i rather go for a hhd since im on a budget. thanks!

  13. I literally Laughed out Loud when you said that "if your disorganized, you may not be terribly careful with an external hard drive that has a spinning disc inside." bahahaha

  14. Well…..I was going to make a video all about storage options for editors, but I think you covered everything that could possibly be covered. So eloquently explained and incredibly put together Matthew!

  15. Such a great video! Thanks! Just set up my 32TB thunderbolt – for a 5 year documentary in 3 1/2 years into – going to spec it up to SSD once I’ve data managed the Initial 3 years of content that was very much mobile/ disorganized lol

  16. Once again, awesome video. I am really intrigued by swapping out the Lacie internal drive from their rugged series with a 2.5" sata ssd. I'm assuming any 2.5" sata ssd will do? Albeit Samsung 4tb is the likely choice here. Thanks!

  17. This Intro is so good !!!!! ahahah need to look for a SSD now… worked all the time with HDD and already wanted to buy a new Mac, but im not in this chart i would say.. i gonna start filming my worldtrip and want to produce a film out of it. so 1 year of filming every day.. is there a remote solution, where i can upload every day my footage?!

  18. Great vid, I like the way you broke down different usages and which drives would likely work best in each. My G-Tech 4TB just filled up so I was thinking of getting a network device that'll sync with a cloud service for permanent backup and then based on this vid, get the 2TB LaCie Rugged or X5 for day to day projects and for FCPx's render and cache folders. My MBP only has a 512 Gig drive so I only keep 1 big project on the internal SSD at a time. Way too many times the dreaded "you're out of space" message has come up while rendering or transposing files.

  19. Isn't true that some of the older RAID array systems that they have select few compatible drives? If so the SSD drives on an older Pegasus system wouldn't garner the same expected performance.

  20. One thing I'll add specifically for the stationary organized user using RAID storage – Make sure you are using the USB 3.x or Thunderbolt interfaces for connectivity. If you have to use Ethernet because you have a traditional NAS or need to share your storage with other workstations, then make sure you get one with 10Gb/s Ethernet (and 10Gb/s for your video editing workstation). 1Gb/s Ethernet can be a chokepoint that a lot of people don't realize until it's too late.

  21. Best thing about this video is the very helpful breakdown between organised or not & mobile or not, never heard it explained that way. I was able to figure out exactly what to look for. Thanks

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