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What’s a good external drive you recommend for photo editing?

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What’s a good external drive you recommend for photo editing?

Looking to use it to house raw files and the Lightroom catalogue. Basically working off that drive.
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Any drive should be fine. Media files, RAW Images are normally large, so even a SMR drive will work.
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If working off that drive I'd recommend an external SSD.
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Lightroom will perform horribly if its catalog and preview caches are on an SMR drive. This rules out most ready-made external drives as they are almost invariably SMR.

Use either an SSD or build your own external using a CMR/PMR 3.5" HDD (such as a WD Red Plus) and a high-quality enclosure.

All in-production 2.5" hard drives are SMR. If you need more space than you can afford on an SSD, the only option is a 3.5" drive.
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An SSD ideally connected with a Thunderbolt or USB4.

Basically something as fast as possible.

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