How should I properly prepare my SSDs before using them with Cinedeck?

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How should I properly prepare my SSDs before using them with Cinedeck?

Most issues that arise during recording are media related. All the actions below can affect the state and performance of drives as well as negatively impact recording:

  • improper formatting
  • incorrect file system or cache settings
  • use of drives on other file systems before recording (e.g. offloading media on a Mac)
  • formatting on a system other than Windows 7
  • improper removal of the drives after recording

To avoid these issues, we only recommend using Samsung SSDs.  For them, Windows disk-caching settings must be set to “on.”

In addition, local SSD disks must be:

  • MBR volumes, partitioned on a Windows 7 or a newer system.
  • Formatted as NTFS or exFAT*
  • Formatted as a single volume
  • Freshly formatted before recording (especially if used with another system such as a Mac, or if improperly removed)

* You should only use exFAT if you need to mount the drives on a Mac OS machine for offload. However, we strongly advise you to install NTFS read and possibly write capability.

If you are a Mac user, don’t panic. 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 too do the same thing.

The only real difference is the appearance.

You can find more information on using your SSDs with Cinedeck in the Cinedeck User Manuals.