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  • External HD for VIs etc.

    Greetings guys,

    Could you spare a couple of minutes and tell me what kinds of specs. should I be looking for in buying an external HD (not RAID) for hosting my VIs and other libraries? And not thunderbolt yet sadly - too expensive for me... Thanks!

    Setup: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz i7 16GB RAM


  • BUMP!

    Sorry about this, but I've gone through some keyword searches in the forum and didn't find much. Since I'm getting something this week could someone please advise me? Preferably somebody working with large arrangements? Thanks.


  •  The fastest drives I found are the Western Digital Cavier Blacks. With an eSata port you could use one externally.

    USB/Firewire is probably not going to be fast enough.


  • FW and USB drive are too slow to handle libs like VSL

    In your Imac you can have up 1 Sata disk and a ssd so your solution is  1 x 512 GB ssd (611 $ at Crucial )

    what libs do you own ?  can it stay in 512 GB ?

    Other solution is to buy an Thunderbold esata (199$) and add either 2 ssd or 2 Hd in raid 0 

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/05/lacie-esata-hub-thunderbolt-series/

    You have other solutions at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac_2010_27


    MacBook Pro M3 MAX 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" - 1 x 27" screen --- Logic Pro --- Mir Pro 3D Dolby Atmos --- Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs --- Quite a few Kontakt libs --- CS80 fanatic
  •  I don't see what benefit Thunderbolt can offer,  the fastest SSD drive cannot transfer even at 6Gb/sec (eSata speed), so I don't see why having a 20Gb/sec Thunderbolt interface would gain anything.


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    @andyjh said:

     I don't see what benefit Thunderbolt can offer,  the fastest SSD drive cannot transfer even at 6Gb/sec (eSata speed), so I don't see why having a 20Gb/sec Thunderbolt interface would gain anything.

    The problem is that on his Imac there is only 2 x Sata 

    If his lib is over  512 GB he will need to use the Thunderbolt entry (the 1 TB ssd are at over 3000 $)


    MacBook Pro M3 MAX 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" - 1 x 27" screen --- Logic Pro --- Mir Pro 3D Dolby Atmos --- Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs --- Quite a few Kontakt libs --- CS80 fanatic
  • Thank you guys, I appreciate your input.