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    SSDs have become so cheap, I am wondering about using a Samsung 860 EVO 1TB as a Scratch Disk for $150:

    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Inch-...ng+860+pro+1tb

    1. Will I see a performance increase using an SSD as a scratch disk vs a standard HDD, or is this pointless?
    2. Is there anywhere I could put an SSD to better use to speed up my edit workflow?
    3. Is the EVO worth it vs the Pro? I understand the Pro has more write cycles over time, but then, the EVO is half the price so I could literally buy a new and improved SSD in a few years once it burns out quicker, right? Or am I missing something else with the Pro?

    NOTE: I currently have a 1TB Samsung 850 Pro as my system boot drive.


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    Of course you can...I'm still using the same SanDisk Extreme Pros as scratch disks since 2012!

    Flawless performance for over half a decade editing 4K with no RAID(s).


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    My system started to stutter after a few years on 4k and multi cam HD edit so I added ssd (evo)as my media drive and scratch. Fixed the problem. My system drive already was ssd.

    Just ordered a 4tb evo tonight to replace my last non-ssd media drive. Good sale on newegg.

    As far as the pro vs evo, I don't know. The 860 has such a higher life rating over the 850 (I also have 840) that I just got the evos. But use the pro for my shogun inferno because they are approved.


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    Samsung makes fantastic SSDs...I just have the PROs left over from Blackmagic cameras, and they were also used in various Atomos recorders over the years too.

    Really don't know how they are still going.

    Actually just realized you were talking about Samsung Pros vs. Evos.


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    Forgot to add....I pondered whether to go pro or evo, but another main reason I went evo over pro was that I keep a relatively current clone of my main system drive so if it fails I can pretty much swap in the clone and keep working without losing too too much time. still way better than starting over. So the pro is not worth the cost for me. But if I was loaded then yeah, pro all the way, baby! ;)


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    Yeah I have sandisk extreme pro for atomos recorder too. Bought it for computer but ended up using it in recorder. Got more than one recorder. Only use Samsung pro and sandisk pro in them.


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    Thanks all. So for a scratch disk, definitely performance than a standard HDD?

    Second question:

    Beyond the scratch disk...
    Is it worth it to also get one as a drive to store project files and/or media files? I thought I had read - perhaps here - that storing 4K h.264 or .265 files on ssd vs fast HDD wouldn’t matter for edit responsiveness?


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    Of course you can...I'm still using the same SanDisk Extreme Pros as scratch disks since 2012!

    Flawless performance for over half a decade editing 4K with no RAID(s).
    i am doing the same!

    thumbs up.

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    I have SSDs for both and media purposes. The boot drive is 2021 megabytes per second read, and 2022 megabytes per second write. The external USB-C SATAIII SSDs used as media drives range from 530/510 read/write or 850/810 megabytes per second read/write.
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    Get rid of the HDDs, and use SSDs for EVERYTHING besides a 2nd or 3rd back-up of anything important in which that HDD would just sit in a closet or another location.

    Shouldn't be using HDDs for anything else since SSDs became affordable!

    Even my first SSD I purchased in 2010 is going strong...ah, a good ole 100GB for $399 with a whopping industry-standard of 260MB/s (actually that was really good back then, lol).

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