Moving To All Solid-State Drives

As the cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) has dropped, I’ve gradually migrated all my internal and external data storage from traditional hard drives to solid-state drives. Solid-state drives are lighter, faster and more reliable than traditional hard drives. When purchasing new computers, I typically configure them with solid-state storage and with existing computers, if possible and if it makes sense, I’ll upgrade those computers using traditional hard drives to new solid-state drives. Likewise, with external storage, I’ve replaced all my external traditional hard drives with external SSDs.

For internal storage, I’ve used solid-state drives from various brands including Sandisk, Intel, Crucial and Samsung. Over the past few years, I’ve primarily been using drives from Crucial (ex: MX100, MX300) and Samsung (ex: 860 EVO). The drives are fast, reliable, perform extremely well and are affordable. I’ve used these drives for both internal and external storage. For external storage, you just need to get a decent external enclosure. I like using the external enclosures from StarTech. I’ll put a link to the enclosure and all the solid-state drives mentioned at the end of this post.

For external storage, besides building my own external SSD using an external enclosure, I really like using the Samsung T5 series external solid-state drives. The drives are extremely small, lightweight and portable. They offer exceptional performance and have been rock-solid and reliable. The Samsung T5s support Mac/Windows/Android operating systems (some operating system versions are not supported), come with both USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to USB-C cables (so you don’t need to hunt for dongles and adapters), offer storage capacities up to 2TB and are available in various colors including black, blue, red and gold.

When I edit videos in Final Cut Pro X, I store all my video assets on Samsung T5 external solid-state drives and work directly off the external SSDs, so I don’t need to take up any unnecessary space on my computer’s internal SSD nor do I need to move those assets off the computer to free up internal storage capacity. I’ve produced and edited numerous videos and have not experienced any latency or performance issues as a result of using the Samsung T5 solid-state drives. The drives have worked flawlessly for me and I’m extremely happy with the performance.

I’m glad I’ve migrated away from traditional hard drives. The performance gains themselves are well worth the investment. That said, if you need a lot of storage like 4TB of storage or more, a traditional hard drive will still cost much less than solid-state storage even though there are the trade offs with using a traditional hard drive. Similarly, if you’re looking to maximize storage capacity for a NAS or server, you’re probably going to stick with traditional hard drives over solid-state drives. It’s simply more cost-effective for the average budget. However, just be sure you are using hard drives rated for use in a server or NAS to get optimal performance and reliability.

 

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Crucial Solid-State Drives

Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2SJhbH7

Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LIrsm8

Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2JZSYJG

Samsung Solid-State Drives

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LIbFnr

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2JX2ltQ

Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LMv6eW 

 

StarTech External Hard Drive Enclosure

StarTech USB 3.1 External 2.5” SATA Drive Enclosure - https://amzn.to/30Y3MOg

 

Samsung T5 External Solid-State Drives

Samsung T5 500GB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2LKd2SL

Samsung T5 1TB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/314KtCP

Samsung T5 2TB External Solid-State Drive - https://amzn.to/2ykJ8vq

Windows Not Detecting SSID On Netgear AX6000-Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router

During an installation and implementation of a new Netgear AX6000-Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-Fi 6 router, a user with a Windows 10 computer was unable to detect the SSID of the AX8 router even though other users were able to detect and connect to the SSID on their desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

After some research and according to a support article on Netgear’s website, the issue can be due to the Windows computer using an older Intel wireless network adapter. Older Intel adapters include: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-3160, AC-3165, AC-7260, AC-7265 and AC-8260.

To resolve the issue:

First, check to see which wireless network adapter your Windows computer is using.

Note: These directions may vary slightly depending on the version of Windows that you are running.

Go to Control Panel | System and Security | System then select Device Manager from the left pane. In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters by clicking on the arrow on the left side. You should see a list of all the network adapters available for your computer.

If your wireless network adapter is one of the Intel adapters listed above, you may need to download and install the latest Intel driver for your Intel wireless network adapter available here. Download the proper Intel driver for your Intel wireless network adapter then proceed with the installation. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the driver installation. You may be required to reboot your computer after the installation. After rebooting the computer, check to see if the SSID of your router shows up. If so, try establishing a connection. If it works, you should be good.

If updating your Intel driver does not work or if your device does not use an older Intel wireless network adapter, your wireless adapter may not recognize or support the AX standard. If that’s the case, you can try disabling AX on the Netgear AX6000-Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-Fi 6 router.

To do this:

First, login to your Netgear AX router with your router’s admin credentials.

Next, go to either the BASIC or ADVANCED tabs.

If using the BASIC tab, go to Wireless. On the Wireless Setup page, uncheck the box for “Enable AX – This WiFi mode will enable AX features such as OFDMA” then apply the changes. AX should now be disabled. Check to see if the SSID of your router shows up. If so, try establishing a connection. If it works, you should be good.

If using the ADVANCED tab, go to Setup then Wireless Setup. On the Wireless Setup page, uncheck the box for “Enable AX – This WiFi mode will enable AX features such as OFDMA” then apply the changes. AX should now be disabled. Check to see if the SSID of your router shows up. If so, try establishing a connection. If it works, you should be good.

This issue is not limited to the Netgear AX6000-Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-Fi 6 router and can affect any of Netgear’s current AX routers product line. You should be able to adapt these steps for the specific Netgear AX router that you are using.

 

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Netgear AX6000-Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router - https://amzn.to/2MMIjpg

Editing in Final Cut Pro X on a Mid-2013 MacBook Air

I never imagined I would be editing Final Cut Pro X videos on a Mid-2013 MacBook Air. At the time, I was upgrading from a Late-2009 MacBook and was primarily looking for a MacBook to take with me when I travel but also one that would offer a balance between portability, performance and price. I elected to go with the Mid-2013 MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. Along with AppleCare and tax, the total cost came in under $2,000 which was within my budget and reasonable. It was well worth the investment given that I’ve gotten over five years from it and it still performs relatively well running on Apple’s latest operating system - macOS Mojave.

Over the past few years, I’ve been creating and producing more digital content including making videos and while I can certainly edit videos on the MacBook Air, it’s clear that my MacBook Air is under-powered and overtaxed for this purpose. Editing short videos isn’t too bad provided you’re taking a minimalistic approach in terms of transitions, effects, color grading, enhancements and so forth. The rendering times are somewhat bearable.

However, when you start editing longer videos, especially with high quality footage (ex: 1080p at 30 fps or better), it’s a different story. You’re dealing with large file sizes and the process of transcoding and rendering all the video footage that make up your final video takes an enormous amount of time. You need processing power (CPU), memory (RAM) and a good GPU to handle these tasks and unfortunately, a Mid-2013 MacBook Air with these specs just isn’t going to make the cut. I should also mention that the lack of a Retina Display makes quite a difference in the overall viewing experience.

While working on some recent videos, Final Cut crashed numerous times and the transcoding and rendering times for the videos were substantial. Fortunately, I’m not producing and releasing a large volume of videos right now because I would almost certainly be backlogged.

I have been looking into upgrading to the 15-inch MacBook Pro since the 2018 refresh but held off following last year’s issue with the throttling of the i9 processors (later resolved via a software update) and the ongoing issues with the butterfly keyboard. Apple recently announced updates to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro lines with faster eighth and ninth-generation Intel processors; respectively, and improvements to the third-generation butterfly keyboard. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is also available with 8-core Intel Core i9 processors.

Investing in a new 15-inch MacBook Pro would certainly improve my workflow and the preliminary reviews on performance of the updated MacBook Pros are looking quite promising so it is something I am strongly considering. In the meantime, I’ll make do with my MacBook Air.

 

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Camera Gear & Accessories

Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQLMyF

Sony A6400 with 16-50mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Ii6feP

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Mzbgoq

Sony Shooting Grip - https://amzn.to/2W8Mnzq

Sony NP-BX1 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2QDvHPL

Sony BC-TRX Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2WjHKaN

Sony Travel Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQu3ao

Sony NP-FW50 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2EQUL0R

Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2JUP46j

JOBY GorillaPod 3K - https://amzn.to/312jPvo

JOBY GripTight ONE Mount for Smartphones - https://amzn.to/312omOr

Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB - https://amzn.to/2EOxJaK

 

External Storage

Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB - https://amzn.to/2QCjASU

Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB - https://amzn.to/2HP0GoV

Samsung T5 Portable SSD 2 TB - https://amzn.to/2IhvsG4