Avid Pro Audio Community

Avid Pro Audio Community

How to Join & Post  •  Community Terms of Use  •  Help Us Help You

Knowledge Base Search  •  Community Search  •  Learn & Support


Avid Home Page

Go Back   Avid Pro Audio Community > Pro Tools Software > macOS

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-10-2013, 10:21 AM
lanstrad's Avatar
lanstrad lanstrad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 152
Default mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Currently considering a new Mac mini to run Pro Tools 11, and juggling between the SSD upgrade (only 256 GB) then use an external USB3 drive for audio (??), or simply go with the 1 tb regular hdd.... the usual speed vs space dilemna

Anyone ever tried this ?

Yes i know the obvious answer would be to consider an external Thunderbolt but it's not in my options (budget wise)
__________________
Rob
____________________
Mac OS X Catalina (latest) (on Mac mini 2018) 6-core Intel i7 32GB ram 3.2 GHz. Interface: Universal Audio Apollo X4 (Thunderbolt 3 connection)
midi express 128, Pro Tools 2020, Cubase Pro 10.5/
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-10-2013, 11:31 AM
weezamiah weezamiah is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Orlando, Fl
Posts: 100
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Im using that mac mini with no sd drives with 3 usb drives. 2 for projects and one for samples. this set up fast so i can only imagine with the sd, much faster. only thing is the usb drives go to sleep it unattended for a time but wakes right up when prompted. soon will get sd drive for main but right now very happy with large projects and plugins
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-11-2013, 04:22 AM
quantise quantise is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Headley Down, UK
Posts: 176
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

I use an i7 MacMini with great success but I would be careful about what kind of audio drive you opt for.

You'll find this advice regarding USB Drives in the support section linked to above:
http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t=54888

"USB drives are not supported and are known to be problematic. Avoid using USB drives, as they are known for causing a variety of errors."
__________________
PTHD 12.8.3 TB Native + Avid 8x8x8. Universal Audio Apollo 8p and Apollo 8 plus SF Apollo Quad used as outboard.
MacBook Pro 15-inch 2017. 4-Core 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7. OSX High Sierra 10.13.2
Avid S3 and Softube Console 1. Dynaudio BM5's.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-12-2013, 03:01 PM
jimlongo's Avatar
jimlongo jimlongo is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: T_dot
Posts: 2,824
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Mac Mini 2.6Quad i7 with 1TB Fusion drive.
External FW800 audio drives.

The SSD part of the Fusion drive launches apps pretty quickly. From power off to desktop in less than 15 seconds.
__________________
noise | jimlongo
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-12-2013, 04:14 PM
Southsidemusic's Avatar
Southsidemusic Southsidemusic is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Stockholm - Sweden
Posts: 12,768
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

I think that was written a while ago seeing that USB3 drives with SSD or 7200rpm or better are performing awesome on lots of setups. I bet Avid refers to USB2 drives with crapware inside since quite a few makers of the drives have put green drives blue drives and slow 5400rpm drives inside but if you get a USB3 chassi with a SSD or WDC Black 7200rpm inside it will smoke. Works great for us as we have both ext SSD's and WDC Black drives so I am speaking from experience here.

Any way you go within the correct guidelines I wish you all the best
Christopher
__________________
Best Regards
Christopher

—————————————
South Side Music Group
WEBHOME
—————————————
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-13-2013, 01:16 AM
drguitar drguitar is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 626
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

USB 3.0 drives are amazing and work well with PT now. You have to uncheck the option to let hard drives sleep in OS X System Preferences Energy Saver
__________________
iMac 27 inch Quad Core 3.4 GHz
OS X 10.8.2
24 GB RAM
Digi 002 Mixer
PT 10.3.4 + PT 10 HD

MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo
OS X 10.8.2
6 GB RAM
Mbox 2 Pro
PT 10.3.4 + CPTK
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-13-2013, 04:07 AM
Jay_uk Jay_uk is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,231
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

I see a lot of guys with Mac mini`s recording to an external.
Just wondering why not record to the secondary drive, the 2011 has two 7200rpm drives.... Is there a preference?
Recording to secondary vs external.
If its external, is the secondary used for back up or samples?
Just curious

cheers
J
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-24-2013, 02:26 PM
Cool711 Cool711 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Miami
Posts: 6
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Same questions here.

And for that matter, anyone ever try splitting the fusion drive and hosting PT on the SSD and recording directly to the HD?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-24-2013, 02:36 PM
jimlongo's Avatar
jimlongo jimlongo is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: T_dot
Posts: 2,824
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay_uk View Post
I see a lot of guys with Mac mini`s recording to an external.
Just wondering why not record to the secondary drive, the 2011 has two 7200rpm drives.... Is there a preference?
Recording to secondary vs external.
If its external, is the secondary used for back up or samples?
Just curious
No if you have the server model that's exactly what i'd do. The internal drive is going to be way faster than any external because it's connected without a Firewire or USB interface. On my MacPro the internal drives are significantly faster in straight-out file copy tests than any external. Use that and then the externals for backup.

The confusion probably lies in comments regarding a mini with only 1 drive. In that case you definitely want to use an external.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cool711 View Post
Same questions here.

And for that matter, anyone ever try splitting the fusion drive and hosting PT on the SSD and recording directly to the HD?
I don't think you can do that, at least not without defeating the "intelligent" controller that apple is using in the fusion drive. You don't have a choice of where to put things the OS controls that.

Here's more information on the fusion drive
__________________
noise | jimlongo
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-24-2013, 02:38 PM
Cool711 Cool711 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Miami
Posts: 6
Default Re: mac mini i7 quad SSD with external USb3?

Yeah, that's what I meant.

Break the bond using the appropriate terminal commands etc. so that the two drives now appear separately to the OS and then recording to the internal 5400rpm drive.

Seems like an easy solution and keeps the drives internal, but the disadvantage is that the 1TB HD is 5400rpm.

Trying to decide if to try this now or not.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
External HD/USB3 Hub for new Macbook Pro IVcrane macOS 16 07-02-2014 10:48 AM
What's with multiple processor list when using Mac Mini Quad Core? Loopagator Pro Tools 10 3 05-06-2013 08:51 AM
new mac mini quad core 2.6ghz Fourtsian macOS 1 03-12-2013 08:24 AM
Mac Mini Server i7 2.0 Quad CalebB macOS 129 10-23-2012 06:00 PM
ProTools 10 and quad core i7 mac mini!! Innerfear3 Pro Tools TDM Systems (Mac) 5 03-14-2012 04:46 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:42 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2008, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited. Forum Hosted By: URLJet.com