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Scratch disks

Postby tonywakelin99@gmail.com » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:08 am

Virgin post - PREM 11 - Preferences, My media cache setting in scratch disks keeps defaulting to (custom) regardless to how many times I re-set it to (same as project).
Q1, Is this a fault with 11
Q2, How can I stop this happening
Q3, How do I free up space in my C drive ?
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:18 am

Computers being as fast and efficient as they are, I'm not sure there's an advantage to customizing the location of your scratch disks -- so I'm not sure it's worth struggling.

But if space on your hard drive(s) is at a premium it can lead to a number of other problems. How much free space is available on your hard drive?

I start to panic if I get down below 75 gigs. And (unless you've got a solid state drive) I still recommend defragmenting your free space once in a while to keep your scratch space from getting too fragmented.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Peru » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:36 pm

:meet:
It may be better to just install a larger C drive if you need more space.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby tonywakelin99@gmail.com » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:45 am

Thx Steve, Now down to 29.1 GBs on C drive. As F drive is where they should be - some what critical !
Q What options do I have.

Intel core i5 Quad core processor i5-6600(3.3GHz) 6MB CACHE.
Motherboard ASUA H110M-D D3: Mico-ATX, LG1151,USB 3.0 SATA 60GBS
Memory, 8GB Kinkston DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1x8 GBs)
Graphics Card, 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti-2x dvi, mHDMI - 3D VISION READY
C DRIVE 500GBS SATA-lll 3.5 HDD 6GBS, 7200PPRPM, 16MB CACHE
F DRIVE 4TB SATA-lll 3.52 HDD 6GBS. 5900RPM, 64MB CACHE.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:16 am

As Peru Bob says, you can simply replace your hard drive with a new one. A 1 TB drive costs less than $50. The only problem with doing so is that your Windows license is locked to your drive, so you'd have to contact Microsoft and buy a new Windows 10 license, which costs about $150. (Maybe the experts here at Muvipix know if there's a cheaper way to do this.)

On the other hand, you can buy a 1 TB drive and install it as a second drive in your existing computer -- which is pretty easy and takes about 15 minutes. (The connections are likely already in your computer.) You can then move all of your data, documents, photos and other media files to your second hard drive, using your C drive for only your operating system and program files. This is not only an easy process but it actually can make your video editing run more smoothly!

But you certainly can't operate with 30 gigs of free space on your C drive. Your bulkier programs simply can't work with that little free space.

Beyond that, you could use more RAM but that's not life or death. And you've got a pretty strong processor, so it should be adequate for HD and even some 4K editing.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Peru » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:49 pm

I believe that the license is locked to the mobo/processor/registry.

I know that you can image and replace the hard drive, because I had it done on two of my computers, although it may be necessary to contact Microsoft to activate Windows.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Chris B » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:48 pm

Reactivating windows on a new drive usually isn't a problem. As Peru says - you can often phone Microsoft to reactivate if it doesn't go through.

Having said that rather than mess around with re-imaging etc - you have a 500GB C drive - and ~30GB free. If Windows is 50GB (Generous Guess) that leaves over 420GB of "other" stuff on your C drive. Could you move anything else to the F drive?

I've recommended before a program called Spacemonger (See this thread viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15386) to see where your data has gone - there are plenty of other similar programs. Sometimes it's as simple as a backup that you put there "just in case" and have forgotten about.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:08 pm

My guess is that the F drive is actually just a virtual drive -- a partition on the C drive for file storage -- not an actual physical drive.

My guess anyway. Otherwise I agree with Chris's suggestion.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Peru » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:07 am

Steve Grisetti wrote:My guess is that the F drive is actually just a virtual drive -- a partition on the C drive for file storage -- not an actual physical drive.


I'm sure it's not:
C DRIVE 500GBS SATA-lll 3.5 HDD 6GBS, 7200PPRPM, 16MB CACHE
F DRIVE 4TB SATA-lll 3.52 HDD 6GBS. 5900RPM, 64MB CACHE.
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Re: Scratch disks

Postby Steve Grisetti » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:49 pm

Once again I read too fast. Thanks for setting me right, Peru. Yes, a 4 TB drive makes an excellent second/data drive!
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