SSDs

General discussions on songwriting, mixing, music business and other music related topics.
Post Reply
GTBannah
Member
Posts: 493
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Contact:

SSDs

Post by GTBannah » Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am

Hello!

I'm thinking of upgrading the storage on a Mac Mini to a 2Tb SSD.

Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?

Thank you!
Derrkins

If that's really what you hear, Play It, Sing It, Write It or Program It!

Mac Mini, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM; OS X Mojave 10.14.5; Nuendo 8.3.20.345; Sibelius 7.5; iPad Pro 13"; Cubasis, WaveLab 9.00; Dorico V2.2.0.1108 (Loving it).

GTBannah
Member
Posts: 493
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by GTBannah » Fri May 10, 2019 1:47 am

Here are the specs on the computer.
Attachments
Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 8.43.32 PM.png
(98.03 KiB) Not downloaded yet
Derrkins

If that's really what you hear, Play It, Sing It, Write It or Program It!

Mac Mini, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM; OS X Mojave 10.14.5; Nuendo 8.3.20.345; Sibelius 7.5; iPad Pro 13"; Cubasis, WaveLab 9.00; Dorico V2.2.0.1108 (Loving it).

User avatar
MattiasNYC
Grand Senior Member
Posts: 3627
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:27 am
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by MattiasNYC » Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am

If you're wondering about saturating either a drive or SATA connection why not just get two drives instead? I don't really see why you'd need more than half a terabyte for the system drive so you could either get 1+1 or 512 + whatever... or three drives...

SSDs aren't that expensive these days.

What are your actual storage needs measured in volume? And do you stream a lot of samples or do you want fast load times or?
Nuendo 7.1.4 / Lynx TWO-B / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit / Ryzen 1700 3.7GHz (oc) / 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4@3200MHz / Nvidia GTX 660 / ASUS x370-A mobo/ 500GB WD Blue system drive / Crucial BX100 250GB SSD media / spinners for library/backup ::::: iZotope RX / Phoenixverb Surround / DaVinci Resolve / Faderport / Applied Acoustics UltraAnalog / my pet pony Frank

PeppaPig
Member
Posts: 914
Joined: Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:39 pm
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by PeppaPig » Tue May 21, 2019 12:52 am

GTBannah wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am
Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?


In a word "yes" they are fast enough - you do not need to spread load amongst harddrives as there is no seek latency with an SSD, so the randomness of the I/O load is irrelevant - nor do they need defragmenting for the same reason. You will not saturate a single SATA channel with DAW usage.
Cubase Pro 10.00.40, 9.5, Pro9.0.20. WaveLab 9 EL. UA Apollo Quad FW, UA PCI Octo, UA Satelite Quad, Adam T5V, Golden Audio pre73 DLX, Behringer ADA8200, Joe Meek AC3, Intel i7 6850x@4.2Ghz (6C/12T), Asus x99 Deluxe II, AMD 6450 HD, Windows 10 Pro, Samsung 860 and 850 SSDs, 64Gb RAM - Melodyne Studio, Komplete ultimate 11, Halion 6, GA,GA2,GA3,GA4 (+sp), OZ6, OZ7, OZ8 adv, Neutron Adv, BFD3, SoundToys rack, Panorama P1, M-Audio Oxygen, Yamaha YPP55 - outboard: PRO VLAII, Digitech Time machine RDS4000, 1950s Ferrograph Series 5, Mics: AKG C1000S, Rode NT2A and M5 pair, SE2200A, SE X1R, Fame-VT67 (cheap valve U67 clone), Heil PR20&PR22, Behringer Mic2200 used for reamping with a bit of nastiness!

GTBannah
Member
Posts: 493
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by GTBannah » Tue May 21, 2019 2:30 am

MattiasNYC wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am
If you're wondering about saturating either a drive or SATA connection why not just get two drives instead? I don't really see why you'd need more than half a terabyte for the system drive so you could either get 1+1 or 512 + whatever... or three drives...

SSDs aren't that expensive these days.

What are your actual storage needs measured in volume? And do you stream a lot of samples or do you want fast load times or?
Thanx for the response!

My current computer is my "everything" computer. I'm not at the level of dedicating a computer to music applications.

It's three DAWs, FCP X, Da Vinci Resolve, (Microsoft) office, DVD burners .... you get the picture; and it's nearly full; only 5% available.

I'm looking at a 2Tb SSD, until I can upgrade to a new mini with 64Gb RAM.
Derrkins

If that's really what you hear, Play It, Sing It, Write It or Program It!

Mac Mini, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM; OS X Mojave 10.14.5; Nuendo 8.3.20.345; Sibelius 7.5; iPad Pro 13"; Cubasis, WaveLab 9.00; Dorico V2.2.0.1108 (Loving it).

GTBannah
Member
Posts: 493
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by GTBannah » Tue May 21, 2019 2:31 am

PeppaPig wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 12:52 am
GTBannah wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 12:42 am
Are SSds fast enough to be the System Drive, plus carry Software Applications, Sample Libraries and DAW projects?


In a word "yes" they are fast enough - you do not need to spread load amongst harddrives as there is no seek latency with an SSD, so the randomness of the I/O load is irrelevant - nor do they need defragmenting for the same reason. You will not saturate a single SATA channel with DAW usage.
Thanx for the response!

My current computer is my "everything" computer. I'm not at the level of dedicating a computer to music applications.

It's three DAWs, FCP X, Da Vinci Resolve, (Microsoft) office, DVD burners .... you get the picture; and it's nearly full; only 5% available.

I'm looking at a 2Tb SSD, until I can upgrade to a new mini with 64Gb RAM.
Derrkins

If that's really what you hear, Play It, Sing It, Write It or Program It!

Mac Mini, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM; OS X Mojave 10.14.5; Nuendo 8.3.20.345; Sibelius 7.5; iPad Pro 13"; Cubasis, WaveLab 9.00; Dorico V2.2.0.1108 (Loving it).

GTBannah
Member
Posts: 493
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Contact:

Re: SSDs

Post by GTBannah » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:00 am

Garry_Snow wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Of course, it’s enough for such tasks, but why so much disk space? Especially since they will continue to become cheaper
Why so much space? I just want to give myself room for any other "fat" software that I might add, or, if current software gets fatter. ;)
Derrkins

If that's really what you hear, Play It, Sing It, Write It or Program It!

Mac Mini, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM; OS X Mojave 10.14.5; Nuendo 8.3.20.345; Sibelius 7.5; iPad Pro 13"; Cubasis, WaveLab 9.00; Dorico V2.2.0.1108 (Loving it).

Post Reply

Return to “Steinberg Lounge”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: jmartin225 and 4 guests