Time to buy a new machine for editing. Needing advice please.

Started Jun 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom_N
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Re: Time to buy a new machine for editing. Needing advice please.
In reply to MikeFromMesa, Jun 17, 2013

MikeFromMesa wrote:

golf4food wrote:

You can use a USB3 drive for external storage, and you will be VERY pleased.

Forgive this question since I am not currently a Mac user (only looking for a Mac configuration to convert to) but why would someone use a USB 3 external drive rather than a Thunderbolt drive? Does the Mini not have Thunderbolt connections? Or are Thunderbolt drives not working properly yet? Or is it a cost consideration.

The Mini has Thunderbolt, and there are Thunderbolt-based drive enclosures that work properly.  The issue is that USB 3 drives are much cheaper than Thunderbolt drives, and that a single mechanical hard drive generally will not be fast enough for the choice of Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0 to makes a difference.  (Either way, the drive will be the bottleneck.)

If you were talking about a RAID or about an external SSD, it might be worthwhile to spend extra for a Thunderbolt enclosure.

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