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    I have a 1TB sample library SSD for EW Orchestra stuff. It's max SataIII speeds. (about 500 each way).
    Pretty much no way around that one because the libraries are huge.

    I do, however, keep smaller libraries on the system disc, like DrumCore/StevenSlate etc

    Before I bought the big EW libraries I didn't bother with a dedicated disc for samples,
    but I did keep a dedicated second SSD for sessions, mostly for reasons of space/size.

    The thing to remember is that most of the advice about multiple drives is from a time when 7200rpm spinning discs were giving you 100MBps r/w on a good day, with relatively slow seek times.
    Now, I'm not saying there's no need for separate discs ever; There are lots of times when that's a great idea,
    but if you're running a new-ish pcie-SSD at >10X the old spinner speeds, it's going to be capable enough for the average HR setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    Yes . . . external via SUB caddie.
    Wow that's interesting. That opens up some options as I was under the impression USB wouldn't have enough bandwidth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixsit View Post
    Wow that's interesting. That opens up some options as I was under the impression USB wouldn't have enough bandwidth.
    I've got two 1TB drives connected via USB that I have had for a long time.

    I recently got another 2TB external drive that's hanging off another PC, and discovered curiously that I was able to record through my network to that drive without issue.

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    One of the incidental advantages of physically separate drives (and indeed multiple partitions) was having the OS and DAW as all you would touch in the event you needed a format and re-install. Folks don't really have to do that much these days?

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    Anything like sessions/samples should be backed up somewhere, whether the main copy is internal or external.
    For applications/documents/user settings MacOS has a migration tool that's very straight forward, although I've never had to use it myself.
    In the event of a total drive failure all that stuff would have to be done manually but that'd be the case regardless of where sessions/samples are.

    My MacOS install is the same install I've had for about 12 years. It's like the brush that's had two new handles and three new heads but it's the same brush.

    I take a full clone of it a couple of times a year, just in case, but I've never had to use that either.
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