Internal or external storage for sample libraries on nMP


macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 14, 2013
I use Logic, Komplete (Native Instrument Suite of Soft Synths and effects), Reason, and will probably buy a couple more Soft Synths in the future. I ordered the 6-core, 16 GB RAM, D500s, 512MB SSD. I know there is another thread by a sound guy, but his needs are far beyond mine (he's wanting a very large, fast external raid setup with multiple terabytes of storage for his samples). I can probably fit all my samples (right now) on the internal SSD of my nMP (when I get it) along with my OS, Apps and Home Directory.

My question is should I install the samples on my internal drive, or get an external TB2 SSD (or something else) for my samples? What are the advantages/disadvantages of either choice? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


macrumors 68000
Jun 30, 2011
How much longer do you think you can fit everything on 512GBs? And if you start running out of space, how much do you really need to work with at one time?

Because one option could be to just buy a USB3 external HDD to keep the stuff you’re not working with, then move it to the internal storage, which will be much faster than the external USB3, when you need it.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2012
hosting your samples on the main drive offers some advantages - fast load times, being able to set pre-buffer kontakt samples to a low-ish setting, and the fact that you line your main SSD with one "write" cycle, since you'll be reading your samples from it, instead of doing multiple writes to the same 'sectors' (if that's how SSD's work).

This is how I handle smaller jobs when only using my laptop.

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