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Old 04-24-2013, 10:42 AM
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Hi Friends

Over at Avids website where I looked for this question a whole day says not to record to a ext USB drive and my question is if it is a usb 3.0 SSD drive if that is ok and if there would be any problems. We are on MBP Retina and Apollo Quad.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:58 AM
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Yeah Chris I thought the USB drives were just qualified for windows for some strange reason - Don't exactly remember but I think this is the case


Then on the Mac side obviously the FireWire is great but going forward the thunderbolt has great promise
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Yeah Chris I thought the USB drives were just qualified for windows for some strange reason - Don't exactly remember but I think this is the case


Then on the Mac side obviously the FireWire is great but going forward the thunderbolt has great promise
Hey! Thank you for joining in :) I am going to buy one of the other before the weekend so we can start recording and you would advice on a SSD T/Bolt then right? I am just a bit scared as the MBP Retina only have two T/Bolts and no FW so one TB is for the apollo and the other for the ext screen, that is why I am thinking maybe using a USB 3 SSD. Do you have any ideas to connect these things without buying a USB3 SSD? I need a fast disc for recording onto so any advice would be awesome. Again, Thank you YYR123 for helping out :)

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http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/e...ility/en422335


That page should be very helpful But it looks like USB 3.0 are not approved 2.0 only

Yeah thunderbolt would be your best option however there's a price difference between thunderbolt FireWire 800

Both of those thunderbolt ports on the MacBook Pro are on their own bus - so you could chain your FireWire drive behind your display or behind your Apollo and should be just fine

When those thunderbolt ports first came out on apple they were showing them daisychained five displays running greater than HD resolution off of one MacBook Pro

An audio drive should be just fine
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Default Re: Recording to a external SSD drive..

So bottom line ??

Using a 3.0 USB External Drive (My Passport by Seagate) would be good for recording audio from Pro Tools ??
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I have a 50 min doc and its DVPal mxf pictures from a USB 2 ext drive on a mac - and recoded the stems back to the same drive
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Without knowing what capacity, performance, portability you need or your budget is its hard to recommend stuff. But if you want external USB3 SSD on a Mac, I'd start with...

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10599

Or if Thunderbolt only is OK, then Lacie make a two drive SSD/RAID box (use it as a JBOD not RAID). And you can get a low-end HDD one and install your own SSD in it (Samsung 840 Evo or Pro recommended)....

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10549

Or higher end, buy this quad drive expansion rack and install up to four Samsung 840 Evo or Pro drives in it...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ure_Empty.html

And both the later have dual thunderbolt ports so you can daisy chain them between the MBP and the Thunderbolt display.

Hi Darryl

Thank you as always for helping and since we are set this might help someone else who is thinking about SSD's.

That was back in April and we have changed out ALL our drives on the Mac Pro with 840 Pro's and the retina have SSD 512 GB and 2 x 840 Pro' in an ext casing so dor us we are VERY happy and the two systems runs great

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Great, I remember now you are set, just got confused with this thread.

And if it is for a pro studio needing _external_ storage I'd really be tempted to use the Promise Technology Pegasus and put in multiple Samsung 840 Pro or Evo drives. Current SSD technology is utterly amazing and still getting better (wait until NVMe drives get really affordable, and hopefully well have Thunderbolt to NVMe chassis adapters).

And if anybody has actually done that (I have not since I live with 2 x Samsung SSD drives in my older MacBook Pro). I'd love to know if the Trim Enabler utility works over Thunderbolt to a Samsung SSD in an external enclosure. Having TRIM working is important for the most demanding write and mixed write/read work loads (and it does not work over USB, it has a chance of doing so over Thunderbolt, I'm just hoping it actually does).

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