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Can a single SSD replace multiple HDD's for Digital Audio Production

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February 26, 2012 11:57:29 PM

It is recommended that for low latency Digital Audio Production, you should have multiple HDD's.

Eg. one HDD for the O/S and programs, another one for the audio files and yet another for sample libraries.

My question is, could a single SSD do the job as effectively (or better) as multiple HDD's?

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a b G Storage
February 27, 2012 12:12:32 AM

In terms of latency then yes the SSD will take care of your needs. In terms of capacity perhaps not so well. Also there is a school of thought that suggests that write intensive task can reduce the life of the SSD though this may not be as bad as it sounds in real world terms.
a c 504 G Storage
February 27, 2012 12:23:16 AM

Also, most audio files are highly incompressible, so you probably want to stay away from SandForce controller based SSDs. They work best with files that can be compressed.
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February 27, 2012 2:46:26 AM

Thanks Derek,

I was considering an Intel 520 Series which I believe use the SandForce controller, but now considering a Crucial M4 Series which I don't think uses the SandForce and has a good reputation as well.

Cheers, Michael.
February 27, 2012 3:37:27 AM

I'd get the SSD for OS and programs and HDD(s) for the files and libraries just like any system. I wouldn't trust my data to just 1 drive whether it be SSD or HDD.
February 27, 2012 4:31:35 AM

Thanks D, will consider that. I do back-up on external hard drive though.
March 8, 2012 5:24:28 AM

Best answer selected by MIKEHELL.