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How to lose storage capacity with Adobe Premiere for PC

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it's possible lose storage capacity on a Windows PC over time? Well, that is what I have been able to verify in the field if Adobe Premiere Pro CC is used frequently, having seen the available internal memory reduced by 120GB in less than 5 months of using this powerful editing software: it may seem like a figure "relatively "Small, except for the fact that my laptop's SSD has a total of 221GB (+ 43GB already occupied by the installed programs and the operating system itself).

It's not easy to realize that Premiere Pro affects "negatively" the basic resource of our computer until the day comes when you notice an irregular operation of the machine. Frankly, I would never have thought that I was going to encounter this situation and that I should pull the thread until I found the person responsible for the alarming loss of memory on the hard drive.

How does one make sure that the computer is under minimum in relation to storage capacity? There may be a few very significant indications:

  • The operating system itself or even Premiere show an alert message of the lack of available memory on the hard disk.
  • During the edition with Premiere the previews of the assemblies do not show full fluidity in the sequences.
  • Premiere Pro does not let you export a job.
  • Premiere generates an incomplete file of the assembly video, in other words, it does not play and the program indicates that it is defective.
  • It is not possible to copy large capacity files to the PC's hard disk, or the tasks are stopped when using online content download clients.

I realized the "problem" generated by Adobe Premiere Pro CC based on a set of factors. In fact, at the beginning I tried to tackle the problem with a Windows 10 tool, Disk Cleanup, with which you can delete temporary Internet files, Windows error report files, thumbnails (which are generated again) or what is still in the "Recycle Bin". Of course, this was only a breath of fresh, momentary and punctual fresh air.

Then I tried to weather the situation by eliminating those multimedia contents that I could do without, such as mp3 music, videos already edited, TV series chapters or photographs of my travels: I had all this safe in a unit of SanDisk external storage 480GB But, as expected, it would be a temporary solution until, finally, one has not been able to avoid not taking action and detecting the basic problem.

Despite moving the necessary files for video editing to a SanDisk SSD (between 5GB and 6GB for editing work), having 3.6GB of free storage on the PC before starting to use Premiere Pro CC is not enough because the thumbnails of the contents and the import to work of said contents are subtracting memory as the work progresses: MB can be released when the program is closed although, in practice, it makes no sense to do this kind of thing.

Is it easy to detect why storage capacity is being lost on the PC's hard drive? Yes and no, although I understand that if programs such as Adobe Premiere are handled, you should have advanced notions about Windows and how the use of certain software affects in the computer. There was only one thing I could do, locate the file or set of files that were taking up space on my hard drive: there were hundreds of MBs so, in a way, it will be easy to locate the source if I was checking folder by folder.

It's easy to narrow the ground and get to the reason of the problem, because there is no more to enter the unit represented by the operating system, and where both Windows 10 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC have been installed, "Local Disk (C :)": once ah, and placing the course on a folder , the right mouse button is pressed and "Properties" is selected in order to find out the space occupied which allows one to discard "options".

In a few clicks, and deepening at different levels from the raz directory, one ends up arriving at the place where the incident is generated and, without suspecting it, is saving a type of files that no one will say exist. For those who may be suffering from the same problem as me, the path to the "problem" folder is C: Users Marc AppData Roaming Adobe Common Media Cache Files: Of course, "Marc" is the username associated with my machine, so you should choose your own.

Files that have been hoarding space, with CFA and PEK extension, they alternate between more than 14000: a real disapproval for those who are dedicated to using Adobe publishing software on a daily basis. Next step? Well, of course, select and delete each and every one of the files hosted in the "Media Cach files" folder, but regardless of those that are being generated due to recent unfinished work. If you have started editing a video in January and you have not finished one of December 2016, try not to delete any elements related to those two months.

After the deletion of the thousands of files that can accumulate, it is necessary to ensure that the recycle bin remains totally vacant. Problem solved, my PC is now ready to receive multimedia content that I really need or want to have accessible, although now it is necessary to control that "Media Cache Files" folder and make sure that the contents saved there are deleted periodically.

Reflection on this subject? It occurs to me that at the time I might have told Adobe Premiere Pro CC to save files as a backup, but checking the program settings section I did not find the option that, "theoretically", will be responsible for this: in the edition / preferences / media the box "Save files in the media cache next to the originals, if possible" was not checked. I do have the option of automatic automatic saving, but that should not affect what has happened to me.

Informatics is sometimes capricious and, in other cases, difficult to understand.