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I've had my 700 Gb HDD ever since I bought my computer so partitioning it is out of the question.

What I need is a place to keep my HD vid files so when I edit, I don't get a long load time in the editing software. But I also need to keep a back-up of all my other important files which I haven't been doing. Should I buy an additional internal drive JUST for vid files and buy an external for backup of all my files?

What are my best options?

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you can repartition an existing system quite easily with minimal risk of data loss – Journeyman Geek Apr 23 '11 at 1:59

This is a hugely subjective question, and there is nor right or wrong answer and it very heavily depends on your system and usage patterns.

Assuming its a reasonably modern system (IE, sata) you may want to consider using a SSD of some sort (even a 40-80 gb drive) for the things you need running faster and using a larger drive for storing finished work. With pretty much anything short of the latest bleeding edge hardware (IE sandy bridge or bulldozer based systems), chances are you'll be maxing out your drive interface's bandwith with an SSD, and should minimize loading times, assuming your disk is your current bottleneck, and you have the files you need on the disk.

Large hard drives are relatively inexpensive, both internal and external - i use an internal drive for things i want stored (ie, in theory i can afford to lose) and an external drive (or a good unlimited cloud based backup service) for a second line of backup. Once again, this depends on your needs

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