Mac mini SSD/HDD combination for DAW/Logic 9

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by oneinten, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. oneinten macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2013

    I'm trying to decide what internal storage options to go for. I know I would like my OS I'm a SSD. But my only demanding tasks will be running logic for moderate/frequent use. So would it be best to use 128gb Ssd for JUST the OS and applications and keep the original 500gb HDD for my Logic project files etc?

    Or possibly upgrading it to a 7200rpm HDD? Bit concerned about overheating!

    I've read that SSD's aren't a good choice for DAW storage due to the constant read/write stress that audio recording brings?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "So would it be best to use 128gb Ssd for JUST the OS and applications and keep the original 500gb HDD for my Logic project files etc?"

    I'd reckon that this is what you want. SSD for OS and apps, HDD for project data.

    My suggestion is to partition the factory HDD.
    Make one or two "work partitions". They should be about 3x the size of your average project.

    The advantage is that by "cordoning off" a relatively small area of the HDD as a work partition, you will limit the area (sectors) of the drive that need to be written to/read from during recording or playback. You can also use a defragmenter to optimize these work partitions, and to compact existing files so that contiguous "free areas" are available for more data.

    Of one thing I'm certain:
    You DO NOT want a fusion drive setup for audio production.
  3. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    Why is that?
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    This seems to contradict everything I've ever read about HFS and using drives. Can you explain it a bit more?
    Normally, OS X does not need defragmenting. But I guess if you're making partitions of 3x your PROJECT :eek: then you might be making a rod for your own back.

    No problems running Logic on a Fusion drive here.

    The Fusion drive is a cheaper BTO option than the SSD alone on the Mini, so it's worth getting, even if you do decide to go nuts and split it.
  5. oneinten thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2013
    Do you think it'd better to keep the OS on a separate SSD? I'd that's the case I'll stick to a relatively small Drive and buy a HDD for my data storage
  6. Ubele macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2008
    I just bought a refurbished 2012 2.3 GHz i7 Mac mini with a 1 TB HDD for Logic, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements. I did quite a bit of research before I settled on my model, and I read posts from two or three people who are using a Fusion drive with Logic with no problems. (I plan to create my own Fusion drive when I find a 500 GB SSD on sale.) What I gathered is that you could potentially run into speed problems if you're creating enormous, complex professional recordings, and some of the data is on the SSD, and some is on the HHD, but this was speculation on the part of some posters, not based on actual experience. If you do run into problems, you could record to an external FW 800 scratch drive. My own recordings aren't complex enough that I expect any problems.

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