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Old 09-07-2020, 11:25 PM
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Hello, I’m about to get a late 2012 Mac mini which will have two ssd drives in it. I was just wondering how to best set it up for pro tools. The main hard drive will be the system drive with pro tools installed. I use a lot of virtual instruments and also guitar rig for recoding guitar so I was wondering if I can have my pro tools sessions and my vi sample libraries together on the second drive or should I get a third external ssd for just the sample libraries or session files?

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Old 09-08-2020, 03:59 AM
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I would have the libraries on a separate drive to your work/ recording drive. Maybe use your internal SSD for the libraries, and get an external 7200 rpm spinner to work on. Plus, of course, a second external drive to back up your work drive to.


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Old 09-08-2020, 04:13 AM
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Ok cool, thanks for the advise!!
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Old 09-08-2020, 04:26 AM
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If the size of your system SSD is enough for PT sessions I would just have them (audio) there. Put sample libraries on dedicated SSD for best throughput. Use external for backups.
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Old 09-08-2020, 05:29 AM
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If the size of your system SSD is enough for PT sessions I would just have them (audio) there. Put sample libraries on dedicated SSD for best throughput. Use external for backups.

Never record to your system drive.


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Old 09-08-2020, 05:30 AM
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Are ssd drives ok to share system and pt sessions? I was thinking of getting a Samsung t5 ssd for my sessions.
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Been doing that since 2013 when I got my first PCIe SSD with giga theoughput. Far less problems than dedicated spinners ever


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The samsung T5 is a great little drive for sessions and stuff, we have 10 of them here for various uses on MacBooks so yes to that. Very stable and good price. Get atleast a 500GB but 1TB is even better.
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I would have the libraries on a separate drive to your work/ recording drive. Maybe use your internal SSD for the libraries, and get an external 7200 rpm spinner to work on. Plus, of course, a second external drive to back up your work drive to.


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No offence, but I would not be recommending a traditional HDD to anyone in 2020.

I literally just looked up the price of a 500GB Samsung EVO 860 for a mate today and it was under $90. That’s Aussie dollars and nothing in this country is cheap.

Personally, I think you’d have to be crazy to buy an HDD these days when SSDs are so cheap.


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Personally, I think you’d have to be crazy to buy an HDD these days when SSDs are so cheap.
Still good for backups, you get more TB for your money
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