Originally Posted by rmonce
I purchased the Panasonic HDC TM 90. Love The Camera. I installed HD writer AE 3.0 on my computer. All of the videos were downloaded on my computer. Is there a way where you can store these videos on an external Hard Drive, so I want use up my hard disc space on computer. If you do this can you make a DVD copy using the HD writer software. I would like steps or tutorial on transfering to external hard drive.
In the Panasonic system there is the primary video file and three related files. In order to maintain the use of HDWriter for future edits, you have to keep all the files together. If you plan on using any other editing software, only the primary file is needed. Those primary .m2ts files can be copied, backed up or moved in all the normal ways just like all the other files on a computer.
If you want to keep the full functionality of HDWriter, I think there may be three ways. I've not test either.
1. HDWriter keeps a folder structure. On mine, it is by date. One could move the contents of a folder to an external drive for storage and leave the now empty folder behind. If you wanted to work on those files in the future you could copy them back to the old folder.
2. In HDWriter under Tools>Settings there is a way to add registered folders. You may be able to register the external drive as a folder. Then use the commands built in to HDWriter to make new sub folders, or move folders.
3. When I bought a new laptop, I used Windows Explorer to copy all my files to an external drive and then to the new laptop. After I installed HDWriter on the new laptop, it recognized the files fine. That may work as well.
I'll soon be doing something similar as my drive is filling up with too many photos and videos. But in my case, I'm using HDWriter less and a different editor more. The new editor is less picky about where it finds files. I will probably move only the primary .m2ts files to external drives.