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Old 01-15-2017, 05:47 PM
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Default Best record drive setup with trash can Macs

OK, upgrading studio to Mac Pro 3.5 6-core, Pro Tools 12.6 with HDX card. What's everybody with similar setups using for record drives? SSD? sata? Thunderbolt docks? Drives on PCIe cards? Any advice from experience would be most helpful. thx
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:05 PM
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I don't think there is a 'best' drive setup. Lots of options out there. I have two 4TB thunderbolt G-drives. They've never given me any trouble. Just get something big and fast.
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:54 PM
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First (best?) option is to record to the internal very fast PCIe SSD. Why can't you do that? Maxing out the size of the internal SSD is likely money well spent even at Apple prices, especially compared to not having any fast/modern external disk connectivity... not as fast as the internal PCIe SSD.

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Old 01-15-2017, 11:12 PM
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Well Just get a Samsung SSD the small shaped one ... absolutely fast !! and cheap too
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OS , and Pro tools installed on Macintosh Drive (built in PCie)

Dedicated Write drive for Pro Tools = 1 terabyte Thunderbolt 2 Lacie Little Big Disc (external PCie)

note; - I always keep the Lacie-LBD half empty to allow for new/importing projects , and constantly migrate current / completed projects off to various 2.5" backup drives loaded into my thunderbolt 2 Blackmagic Multidock. I choose do the backups manually.

I have a Dedicated storage drive for V.I Libraries - ie; Samsung 850 Pro External SSD (for quicker loading times)

.., I also have various USB 3 external drives for storage and backups etc .

This is likely overkill , as Optimising Notes from AVID all suggest: you need at a minimum for writing pro tools is a 7500 rpm HD..., and none of this seems to reduce the 9173 errors from pro tools

..., just use the Macintosh HD for your operating system and for running programs (like pro Tools)
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OS , and Pro tools installed on Macintosh Drive (built in PCie)

Dedicated Write drive for Pro Tools = 1 terabyte Thunderbolt 2 Lacie Little Big Disc (external PCie)

note; - I always keep the Lacie-LBD half empty to allow for new/importing projects , and constantly migrate current / completed projects off to various 2.5" backup drives loaded into my thunderbolt 2 Blackmagic Multidock. I choose do the backups manually.

I have a Dedicated storage drive for V.I Libraries - ie; Samsung 850 Pro External SSD (for quicker loading times)

.., I also have various USB 3 external drives for storage and backups etc .

This is likely overkill , as Optimising Notes from AVID all suggest: you need at a minimum for writing pro tools is a 7500 rpm HD..., and none of this seems to reduce the 9173 errors from pro tools

..., just use the Macintosh HD for your operating system and for running programs (like pro Tools)

Lacie little big ... !! OMG hahaha this is like .. oh I want to buy a supercar .. ok get a ferrari ... but ferrari are too expensive ... well ..
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I'm using USB 3.0 with 7200 rpm drivers, and OWC ThunderBay IV for the past two years, without any issues.

The OWC is a 4x 3TB HDD 7200rpm as RAID 5 using Softraid 5 (I have two) as a total of 9TB of space to be used.
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Lacie little big ... !! OMG hahaha this is like .. oh I want to buy a supercar .. ok get a ferrari ... but ferrari are too expensive ... well ..
.., and them some just buy the Ferrari and motor on (with hot Chick in the passenger seat)
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Samsung - http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor...rtable/t3.html

I'm running 5 of them and 2 LaCie Little Big's.... The Samsung drives are better imho. (I have a huge sample library.) - Magma ExpressBox 3T for the HDX card. Corning optical TB cable 20' or so, from the mac (in my room) to the Magma (machine room) so it's nice and quiet.
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well i've spent a lot on external hard drives from thunderbolt to usb 3.0 etc enclosures ...

I settled with the G-Technology USB 3.0 SSD .... the most reliable and stable one to date and efficient ...if you can afford two, one for libraries and one for recording then you are all set ... cheers
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