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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / SS hard drive?

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 7th, 2017 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 2010 iMac is getting quirkier all the time. When I'm using Logic Express, it frequently freezes up or crashes. I'm maxed out on memory, so I brought the computer into a repair shop to see if the HD was failing. It wasn't but the guy there said a Solid State HD would solve my problems. But that would cost over $500 for installation and mirroring the old HD.

So I'm wondering if an external SS HD would do the trick. It would slave to the old one, but I would have Logic read/write to the SS. But I'm concerned that Logic won't "see" the new drive and continue to work off the old one. Does anyone else use an external drive for their recording programs?



Nov 7th, 2017 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

So the HD is not failing, but adding a SS HD and spending $500 will solve the problem.
Since the HD is not failing I'm not sure what "problem" would be solved by spending $500.

Do you use the machine in question for anything besides recording?
If so, it may be different with PCs, but I have heard that there are a few things that you want to disable (Wifi, Antivirus, etc) when recording. Others more experienced can chime in.

Is the HD on the computer getting full? If so, could that be the problem?

I use a PC and do not do any recording with a computer.

But I absolutely have a USB hard drive to back up my computer. They are $50-70 and well worth it. I don't have a lot of stuff flowing in/out of the computer so I back up my latest files every 1-2 months.


LA-la-land, CA

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Nov 7th, 2017 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

A new SS drive may help because it may have faster access than your original drive, and so won't slow the box down as much.

What OS are you running? You may only be able to run up to a certain version on a 2010 box, and that may be part of the issue, especially if the version of Logic Express is fairly new. It may be wanting to use resources in a way that your box can't do. Consider upgrading the OS if you can. If you're running a fairly old OS version, it might not be able to make use of all your RAM. Earlier versions could only access 4 Gigs at a time.

Definitely get a separate drive for backup, and an online source for backup is a really good idea, too.

Seek out tips online for speeding up your Mac. There are quite a few things you can do, such as not have as much stuff running in the background, etc.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Nov 7th, 2017 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a 2011 iMac and replaced the internal drive with a SSD. Wow is the only thing that comes to mind. External drive may not be nearly as quick. I don't know. The speed of a SSD is great. Faster everything. The machine had issues with the main board and it died anyway and I replaced the machine.
I would install the SSD in my present machine but it's pretty new and they basically caulk the things together now and I don't want to go through removing the glue/caulking and making a mess of it.

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 7th, 2017 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I may replace the 2009 iMac, which I bought 5 years ago, with a new used one that already is equipped with SSD. That should do the trick!

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our time in hell
Nov 7th, 2017 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

SSD operating system and smaller files, hard drive or two for big project/archives/apps.

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 9th, 2017 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just ordered a 2013 iMac with 128gig SSD, 1 TB HDD for storage and 16 gig memory. Should do the trick!

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

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Nov 13th, 2017 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

What rev said. Best practice is to house your recordings on an external hard drive (with Protools anyway, but I do the same with Logic).

I remember reading a few years ago about problems with iMac's with SSD's where people were noticing slightly audible clicks and pops on their recordings. This may have been solved sense then, but it was during my research of a new iMac that I discovered that people were having this sort of issue with them.


U.S. - Virginia

Nov 13th, 2017 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

SSD tech in large volumes is making strides at this point but yes, there were issues in the beginning. It's still fairly new(in large volumes)

Fantastic for quick access. I put my OS on one and my computer boots in seconds and is quite snappy. However, the long term integrity of data is still unknown and suspected to be less than that of magnetic platter hard drives. With USB 3 and 3.1, I think you can use an external drive to store your audio(most are still magnetic platters). I have several internal drives of this older type for storage. Of course, everything needs to be backed up anyway.

SSD's are great for sample libraries.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Nov 13th, 2017 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is what I use for an external drive.

LaCie Thunderbolt Drive

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 19th, 2017 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had my new "used" 2011 iMac for almost two weeks now and I have to say, it works for my purposes just fine. I upgraded to Logic X because Logic Express 9 wasn't supported by the High Sierra OS.

The computer has a 128 gig SSD where I keep my prog/apps and a 1 T HDD for storage. It is fast enough to keep up with most anything I do - no waiting for the pinwheel all the time, and, most importantly, it's not crashing on a regular basis! Yaaay!

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