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My HDs are starting to get knackered and I'm looking to (slowly) make the switch to SSDs. I'm wondering I'd get more benefit from streaming two different sample packages from two separate HDDs, or would the 1 SSD still out perform the pair?
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1 SSD would outperform 2 HDDs as the seeking time is near 0 on a SSD.
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1 SSD would outperform 2 HDDs as the seeking time is near 0 on a SSD.
Thanks. I currently have 4 HDDs but think I could only afford 2 256GB SSDs, one being the boot.
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which library are you talking about? I recently discovered that no more than 60GB is required to run Hollywood strings effectively on an SSD. You only need to store one mic position to compose without stutters and clicks, and the other mic positions can be offline-bounced to audio. So my recommendation is the 120GB OCZ Revodrive which gets 540MBPS reads
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which library are you talking about? I recently discovered that no more than 60GB is required to run Hollywood strings effectively on an SSD. You only need to store one mic position to compose without stutters and clicks, and the other mic positions can be offline-bounced to audio. So my recommendation is the 120GB OCZ Revodrive which gets 540MBPS reads
Well I have SO:Gold, Gypsy, SD2, Choirs, RA, Silk, VOP, Pianos and also using a lot of Omnisphere. I also have Windows partitions for testing games & the other stuff everyone has on their computers (can only afford one!), so I'd need more than 120GB. Thanks for the OCZ reccomendation, I'll keep it in mind
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I don't have experience with all of those you mention, but I would suggest trying 2 HDDs first. I have Pianos and that lib can be a bit demanding on the disk. However, just the steinway alone, all mics is something like 60GB I think, and a single mic is around 20GB. Check me on that, but if you have a favorite piano, just put that on the SSD and leave the rest on HDD. One thing I discovered with HS is that the legato instruments are the most demanding and I bet thats the case with the other libraries. Its possible to just put the legato instruments on the SSD, and the rest on HDD. In the case of HS, the legatos take up around 20GB or so. The amount of space and money saved is astonishing. In terms of sheer performance, you'd certainly be happier with two 120GB disks than a single 256 GB ssd. Even more insane would be 4 SSDs in a RAID 0.
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6 Hard drives. 3 in raid 0 - 2 in raid 0 and a boot. I am a dynamic raid 0 fan. Besides the data can be replaced easy enough and you are not writing to the drive constantly anyway. SSD is too expensive to fail right now on my budget. 1tb drives are 70 dollars. 3 of these you are getting 2/3 of the way or more to an ssd.

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yea, but 70 + 70 + 70 = 210. Revodrive SSD = 265 w/ free shipping. not all that much more expensive. granted you only get 110GB of usable space with the SSD, the speed is probably faster than you'd ever need, 540 MBPS.
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The Revodrive comes with downsides:

- It's two 60GB drives: if one fails, the whole thing is shot.
- If your motherboard does not properly power your PCIe slot for something like this, it is going to have all kinds of instability.
- It really is more than 265 to compose off of, as you still need several other drives to house everything else.


I would love to have something like that in my system (if it worked for my setup), but I don't think it is a sure-fire solution that I would recommend over something like:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233153

$165 for 64GB of SATA III SSD that reports 365MB/s reads. Or:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357

Crucial drive, 64GB SATA III, 365MB/s reads, $145.


Edit: Better yet, check this guy:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

Crucial SATA3 SSD 64GB, 415MB/s reads, $115 with promo code through the 17th.
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