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Old 08-10-2015, 12:06 AM
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Default Running Libraries on a USB 3, 7200 rpm External Hard Drive?

Hi, all!
I'm wondering if there's anyone tried running EW libraries on an External HDD via USB 3.
I hear a lot about Thunderbolt drives, but I'm wondering if EWQLSO can be run on an USB 3 External HDD (7200 rpm).
Anyone knows? or has tried?

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Old 08-10-2015, 12:57 AM
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I run EWSO Gold on a 7200 64mb Cache HDD on USB2 and can get up to about 18 tracks before rendering tracks to audio are needed, so USB 3 all the better. I'm running Pro Tools 11 on Windows 7. I Re-formatted my sample drive to 64kb sector sizes over the standard 4kb prior to loading the libraries as this cut down on the In/Out cycles.
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I can run a ton of libraries from an external USB3 7200 (powered). However, I would recommend running Hollywood Strings from there.....I found it too slow and laggy.
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It's possible. I used the provided CCC3 Pro HDD and managed to load quite a large template.
Eventually you will run into problems, but a few tracks should definitely be unproblematic. And then you can always bounce.
Just make sure it's powered.
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I can run a ton of libraries from an external USB3 7200 (powered). However, I would recommend running Hollywood Strings from there.....I found it too slow and laggy.
Oops! I meant that I would NOT recommend it. However, as mentioned, it is entirely possible for a smaller template. Once you get into the powerful patches, etc, you run into trouble.
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Thank you all for your kind and detailed answers. ^^
I usually work on large template with full orchestra so probably I will have to Freeze ro bounce to work with large template.
Thunderbolt vs. USB 3... still hesitating for it's price, though.
But again, Thank you very much, you all. It does help! ^^
(and jspencer, thank you for making it clear, too. I guessed what you meant, but it's always the best to make sure. ^^)
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Thunderbolt is thorough overkill for audio, but USB can be disturbed by ANY other device that is sharing the bus.

However, when pushed, Thunderbolt will likely be more reliable for low latencies.
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Thank you, Pantanjali.
I think I'll go for Thunder, then. ^^
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I think I'll go for Thunder, then.
Note that my proviso about USB was ONLY for when multiple devices were on the SAME branch.

If you use a direct USB connection from the audio interface to a USB connection on the motherboard, and don't share it with any other devices, you should be OK.
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