SSDs: Installing, Initializing, Formatting, Disk Cache Settings

SSDs: Installing, Initializing, Formatting, Disk Cache Settings


Most issues that arise during recording are media related. Improper formatting, including incorrect file system or cache settings, use of drives on other file systems before recording (eg offloading media on a Mac), formatting on a system other than Windows7, and improper removal of the drives after recording can all affect the state and performance of drives and negatively impact recording.

Local SSD disks must be:
1. MBR volumes, partitioned on a Windows 7 or newer system
2. Formatted as NTFS or EXFAT*
3. Formatted as a single volume
And for Samsung SSDs, the only SSDs currently recommended, Windows disk-caching settings must be set to “on”.

Note: Disks should be freshly formatted before recording, especially if used with another system such as a Mac or if improperly removed. In both cases, the file system index can be corrupted which can cause various I/O errors and write failure during record.

* EXFAT should only be used if the drives need to be mounted on a Mac OS machine for offload however the better solution is to install NTFS read and possibly write capability. If you are primarily a Mac user, don’t panic. Aesthetic differences aside, the Windows Explorer is very similar to Mac Finder… they both do exactly the same thing. The Windows Disk Management Console is similar to the Mac Disk Utility… they both do the same thing. In fact the paradigms are all the same since the people in Bellingham do their best to imitate the people in Cupertino and vice versa. The only real difference is appearance.

More information on using your SSDs with Cinedeck can be found in the Cinedeck User Manuals