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Old 01-02-2018, 03:18 AM
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Default External Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) SSD enclosure for iMac Pro

Hi All,

I need urgent help, please!

I have an old Mac pro 2009 that is no longer able to handle my large projects.
I can't wait for the new Mac Pro so I am gonna buy the new iMac Pro 10core, 64gb RAM and 2TB internal SSD (which is indeed a RAID 0 of 2x1tb).

I have 4 SSD on my current mac that I will need to run externally when I buy the iMac Pro. QUESTIONS:

1- Is Thunderbolt 2 SSD enclosures fast enough to run all my libraries externally?

2- Should I set them up into RAIDS?

3- which one would you recommend? I have been looking in the net for the past 2 days but I can only find HDD encloures that could ALSO be used for SSDs. But I can't find any designed for SSD so they can be smaller.

4- which option is better: keep separate SSDs for A (OS and APPS), B (Logic sessions) and C/D (for sound libraries) OR have them all into a RAID??

Please help.
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Im not too sure about Thunderbolts, but the specs should mean it to be fine (link).

Concerning the enclosures: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/

Never put something onto sample drives appart from samples. Keep them dedicated!
A: OS + Apps (e.g. Logic)
B-D: Samples (No RAID required with SSDs)

B alt: Depending on the size of your logic sessions, you might be able to put them on A.
Its what I do. I have my 30-40 favorite / latest Cubase sessions on my OS drive
and have the rest stored on a HDD.
Id actually recommend getting a 7200rpm HDD USB 3.0 ext powered for the sessions
and thus keeping the SSDs for samples.
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I would look at one of these....

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/...magicmultidock
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thanks guys! I really appreciate the replies! I found the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini Thunderbolt 3 External Hard Drive Enclosure

link: (https://www.mwave.com.au/product/aki...bs=tabShipping)

I think this will do the job well. and I have the option of going non-raid or raid 0.

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