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SSDs

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am
by GTBannah
Hello!

I'm thinking of upgrading the storage on a Mac Mini to a 2Tb SSD.

Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?

Thank you!

Re: SSDs

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:47 am
by GTBannah
Here are the specs on the computer.

Re: SSDs

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am
by MattiasNYC
If you're wondering about saturating either a drive or SATA connection why not just get two drives instead? I don't really see why you'd need more than half a terabyte for the system drive so you could either get 1+1 or 512 + whatever... or three drives...

SSDs aren't that expensive these days.

What are your actual storage needs measured in volume? And do you stream a lot of samples or do you want fast load times or?

Re: SSDs

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:52 am
by PeppaPig
GTBannah wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am
Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?


In a word "yes" they are fast enough - you do not need to spread load amongst harddrives as there is no seek latency with an SSD, so the randomness of the I/O load is irrelevant - nor do they need defragmenting for the same reason. You will not saturate a single SATA channel with DAW usage.

Re: SSDs

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 2:30 am
by GTBannah
MattiasNYC wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am
If you're wondering about saturating either a drive or SATA connection why not just get two drives instead? I don't really see why you'd need more than half a terabyte for the system drive so you could either get 1+1 or 512 + whatever... or three drives...

SSDs aren't that expensive these days.

What are your actual storage needs measured in volume? And do you stream a lot of samples or do you want fast load times or?
Thanx for the response!

My current computer is my "everything" computer. I'm not at the level of dedicating a computer to music applications.

It's three DAWs, FCP X, Da Vinci Resolve, (Microsoft) office, DVD burners .... you get the picture; and it's nearly full; only 5% available.

I'm looking at a 2Tb SSD, until I can upgrade to a new mini with 64Gb RAM.

Re: SSDs

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 2:31 am
by GTBannah
PeppaPig wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 12:52 am
GTBannah wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am
Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?


In a word "yes" they are fast enough - you do not need to spread load amongst harddrives as there is no seek latency with an SSD, so the randomness of the I/O load is irrelevant - nor do they need defragmenting for the same reason. You will not saturate a single SATA channel with DAW usage.
Thanx for the response!

My current computer is my "everything" computer. I'm not at the level of dedicating a computer to music applications.

It's three DAWs, FCP X, Da Vinci Resolve, (Microsoft) office, DVD burners .... you get the picture; and it's nearly full; only 5% available.

I'm looking at a 2Tb SSD, until I can upgrade to a new mini with 64Gb RAM.

Re: SSDs

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:00 am
by GTBannah
Garry_Snow wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Of course, it’s enough for such tasks, but why so much disk space? Especially since they will continue to become cheaper
Why so much space? I just want to give myself room for any other "fat" software that I might add, or, if current software gets fatter. ;)