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Spinning poo machine
06-17-2008, 04:25 PM
Sorry if something has been posted like this before, but I read as far back as I was allowed in the forums and couldn't find the right answers. In another post, someone dropped this nugget about hard drives:

"The best setup is to have:

1. boot drive that holds the OS, the sequencer / DAW software (DP, Logic etc); your sample playback engine (Kontakt or MachFive) software should go here, though not the libraries,
2. one or more samples drives,
3. a drive to which the audio is recorded and from which audio is played back."

Ok, that helps a bit. But somewhere else, someone said specifically said that your sample libraries should go on an external drive(s), and not internal. Why is that? Aren't internal drives faster because of SATA II? As a matter of fact, someone recently posted that he was easily able to use Quantum Leap Pianos on one Velociraptor. Yeah, I can tell that drive's a beast, but hey, that's still an internal drive. What gives? And yes, I know that specific hard drive isn't exactly compatible with the Mac Pro, but I'm just trying to make a point.

And what about firewire 800 vs. eSATA? To me, eSATA looks better, but is not exactly compatible with Mac Pros. Regardless of that, I've read how to get around that problem, so I could definitely go with eSATA if I needed to. However, it appears difficult to find a rocksolid eSATA drive. The pricing's pretty good on them all (although that isn't an issue), but reliability and performance seem to be MAJOR issues with those things. So far it appears that they are either super fast and break on a whim (Iomega), or they're sluggish but have a good warranty and reliability (Seagate). What's the deal with that?

ANY help (recommendations, etc.) is greatly appreciated.

LEX
06-17-2008, 08:48 PM
Sorry if something has been posted like this before, but I read as far back as I was allowed in the forums and couldn't find the right answers. In another post, someone dropped this nugget about hard drives:

"The best setup is to have:

1. boot drive that holds the OS, the sequencer / DAW software (DP, Logic etc); your sample playback engine (Kontakt or MachFive) software should go here, though not the libraries,
2. one or more samples drives,
3. a drive to which the audio is recorded and from which audio is played back."

Ok, that helps a bit. But somewhere else, someone said specifically said that your sample libraries should go on an external drive(s), and not internal. Why is that? Aren't internal drives faster because of SATA II? As a matter of fact, someone recently posted that he was easily able to use Quantum Leap Pianos on one Velociraptor. Yeah, I can tell that drive's a beast, but hey, that's still an internal drive. What gives? And yes, I know that specific hard drive isn't exactly compatible with the Mac Pro, but I'm just trying to make a point.

And what about firewire 800 vs. eSATA? To me, eSATA looks better, but is not exactly compatible with Mac Pros. Regardless of that, I've read how to get around that problem, so I could definitely go with eSATA if I needed to. However, it appears difficult to find a rocksolid eSATA drive. The pricing's pretty good on them all (although that isn't an issue), but reliability and performance seem to be MAJOR issues with those things. So far it appears that they are either super fast and break on a whim (Iomega), or they're sluggish but have a good warranty and reliability (Seagate). What's the deal with that?

ANY help (recommendations, etc.) is greatly appreciated.

I don't know who said go external. Internal is always better.

But eSATA should be right there with the internal SATA.

For MAC, get a eSATA card.

LEX

A.Leung
06-17-2008, 09:19 PM
2 hidden ports on your MAc Pro next to the mother board. remove the fan assembly and drives and use this:
http://www.newertech.com/products/esata_cable.php

This will save you hundreds of dollars in buying a card. If your squeemish about taking your MAc apart then dont do it. PAy for the card.

For a good eSata drive try OWC. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW924AL1K/
Its waht I have. There great. Nice and fast and reliable.

LEX
06-17-2008, 10:34 PM
2 hidden ports on your MAc Pro next to the mother board. remove the fan assembly and drives and use this:
http://www.newertech.com/products/esata_cable.php

This will save you hundreds of dollars in buying a card. If your squeemish about taking your MAc apart then dont do it. PAy for the card.

For a good eSata drive try OWC. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW924AL1K/
Its waht I have. There great. Nice and fast and reliable.

NICE!!!!!!
LEX

Spinning poo machine
06-18-2008, 02:52 PM
I don't know who said go external. Internal is always better.

But eSATA should be right there with the internal SATA.

For MAC, get a eSATA card.

LEX

Oh really? If I'm catching what you say right, I think I shouldn't even need external drives for now, since the Mac Pro has the four ports. And yeah, I saw some benchmark tests somewhere on a Mac site that put eSATA right next to internal SATA.

2 hidden ports on your MAc Pro next to the mother board. remove the fan assembly and drives and use this:
http://www.newertech.com/products/esata_cable.php

This will save you hundreds of dollars in buying a card. If your squeemish about taking your MAc apart then dont do it. PAy for the card.

For a good eSata drive try OWC. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...g/MEFW924AL1K/
Its waht I have. There great. Nice and fast and reliable.

Yeah, I had caught that article about the eSATA ports a few weeks ago. It seems pretty dumb that they'd put the fastest ports in the middle of no where in the computer, but going that route with Newer's cable seems like a good option. So thanks anyway. Also, thanks for putting the link to that hard drive enclosure on there. OWC seems like a trustworthy source, and they seem to have some pretty good stuff up their sleeves.

Thanks for the help.

ewkarl7777
06-18-2008, 06:17 PM
Where is the best place for sequencer project files? On the C:\ drive with the OS and sequencer? Or on the same drive as the samples?

persentio
06-18-2008, 06:56 PM
I put mine on a totally dedicated drive for that purpose. It wouldn't really hurt to put them on the same drive as your OS and DAW though, but make sure nothing else is on that drive.