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External hard drives

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I'm very new to GoPro and I've only filmed a few hikes so far. I'm thinking about getting an external hard drive to edit on though because my laptop is not enjoying editing videos and it's so slow. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations about external hard drives? Is there anything I should be looking out for or avoiding?
If it matters, my laptop is a MacBook Air about 6 or 7 years old and my GoPro is a Hero 11. I will probably be updating the laptop in the next year or so but I can't really afford to replace it now so I'm hoping to use the hard drive to bridge the gap. I intend to put my videos on Youtube, so I don't think I really want to be storing copies of videos I've made but I do want to be able to edit without all of the delays.
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I guess there should be a thunderbolt 2 port on your Mac Air (which can go up to 20 Gbps). Try to take advantage of that. Also, as suggested by the admins SSD would be a great choice. SSDs can have data transfer speeds significantly faster (like 10 to 40 times faster depending on the other drives).
Also, While scrubbing through complex timelines, an SSD may be superior to a hard drive. But most editing tasks such as cutting and applying effects shouldn’t change much.
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