Suggestions for external SSD drive

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  1. mspin47 macrumors newbie

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    I am a new member and I am about to purchase a new IMAC. It will be the 5K
    with 4.0 processor and 1TB SSD internal and I will be adding aftermarket RAM up to 32 from crucial. I mainly will be using this computer for my recording studio. I will be running Pro Tools 11. I want to run Pro Tools on an external drive like I currently do with my older MAC.

    What suggestions do you all have?I have been thinking of using an enclosure with a card as an option. I would want the external to be Thunderbolt capable and if at all possible USB 3 in the same unit. I am not sure that even makes sense so if it does not then let me know. I am going to be using the UAD Apollo interface with Thunderbolt for recording.

    Thanks for any suggestions
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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  4. matreya macrumors 65816

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    TB2 is twice the speed of TB1 (20 Gbps vs 10 Gbps). It would only make a difference for RAID-enabled PCIe flash drives like the Lacie Little Big Disk 2, and only by about 100 MB/sec.

    The new Retina iMac has TB2. Apple says the regular iMac has regular Thunderbolt (TB1)...
     
  5. mspin47 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I notice you have basically the same machine I am going to buy. Are you OK with the 512GB SSD. I was going to go with 1TB but for the additional money I am rethinking especially since I will be running Pro Tools on an external drive
     
  6. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Well, my System volume uses 335GB, so 512GB SSD was the right size for me. It really depends on what you want to keep (in terms of music/photo/etc libraries) on the main drive.

    Bear in mind that you'll need an external hard drive as a time machine backup drive for all your other data (both the system drive and your pro tools drive).
     
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  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Seems to me it would be best to run ProTools (the app) installed on your internal SSD, and use the external drive for your data storage.

    Have you thought of a USB3/SATA dock?

    With one of those, you could swap your [external] data drives as needed. They could be ANY type of drive, that is, 2.5", 3.5", HDD or SSD.

    An external SSD mounted in a USB/SATA dock (that supports UASP) should yield read speeds around 430mbps and writes around 270mbps. That's what I get with mine.
     
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  10. mspin47 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could you suggest a set up or give me a link or pic of what you are running?

    Thanks
     
  11. Msbeezy macrumors member

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    I have the same machine you spec'd out..I went with 2 Samsung 840 evo 1tb in raid0 on a Rocketstar 5212..fast/quiet/cool
     
  12. UniDoubleU macrumors regular

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    If you feel a need for speed, then not many solutions are faster than LBD TB2 at the moment. It's even faster than your internal SSD! :eek:
    https://www.lacie.com/dk/products/product.htm?id=10621

    But if not, then there's no need for TB2, just use T1 drive as 2.5 SSDs are unlikely to even use the full bandwidth of TB2.
     

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