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Recommended external hard drive for streaming BFD libraries??

Postby kevaquarian » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:32 pm

Hello people!

I have an oldish 320GB Porsche design Lacie external fw400 drive which I have been using for years as my sole BFD library drive. It has been great - not a peep out of it in all this time. However, it's now full so I need to change the setup.

A couple of choices then, eh?

A) Buy a new higher capacity drive and move all the libraries over

or

B) Buy a new drive with similar capacity and split the libraries up (not literally - but say, BFD1 and Andy Johns on one, with DLX and MD Snr Drum selects on the other). i.e. using 2 drives to serve BFD2 (which I use in Logic 9.1).

Does anyone have any suggestions here? I am interested to hear from people who run a successful multiple hard drive library system for BFD2. Also, from people who are running one big drive for all their libraries.

I would appreciate info on the exact drives, comments on performance, any bad experiences with certain drives etc. I am presuming at least FW400 drives here - no USB - maybe FW800 or even eSATA if people have been checking that option too?

Would be great to hear from the FX guys as well - do they have any particular recommendations for specific drives and/or single/multi-drive operation.

I will add that at the moment I want to run externals rather than internals, as I want the BFD libraries portable when and if required for some sessions.

I look forward to your input folks!

Many thanks in advance,

Kev

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Postby AshleySmith08 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:35 pm

I've always used Lacie's and never had any problems. I currently have all my BFD data on a 1TB Lacie D2 with 4 connections (I think it's a D2 Extreme) - USB2.0, FW400, FW800, eSATA. I run it off eSATA to a Lacie 2 port PCIe Card on my Mac Pro.

FW800 or eSATA are the best at sustainable and fast transfer rates, with 16/32mb cache, 7200rpm or more.

I've read there are noted glitches with Seagate, and I wouldn't recommend Western Digital personally. Glyph should be good too.

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Postby kevaquarian » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:45 am

Nice one Ashley - much appreciated.

I was thinking about going the eSATA route - I'll definitely consider it now I've heard you're going well with it.

Anyone out there running multiple drives?
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Postby SKoT_FX » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:25 pm

We used to take Lacies to tradeshows in the mid-200's, and found them a bit intolerant of being powered off before the computer had shutdown. The situation may be completely different now.

Glyphs are great (and look dope), you do pay a bit more - but they have an excellent service warranty and are thoroughly tested.

I like stuff with Seagate Barracuda drives inside, more from a historical voodoo thing (several years without a failure) than a reflection of the current state of the tech.

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Postby kevaquarian » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:47 pm

Thanks for the input Skot.

Could you add something specific about running multiple drives? Not a recommended approach? Better than one single larger drive? What about partitioning - any advantage apart from being easier to manage - defrag etc?

Thanks,

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Postby AshleySmith08 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:28 pm

I'll let Skot jump in regarding the multiple drive scenario, but partitioning can be considered a big no no when running samples and audio data in general due to increased seek times amongst other things. I also suggest having your drive un-journaled (if that's how you spell it) for partly the same reason.

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Postby SKoT_FX » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:40 am

Some tips in the BFD1 FAQ that don't seem to have made it over to the BFD2 FAQ:

http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=1&tab=4#120

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Postby kevaquarian » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:41 am

Thanks Skot! Very useful.

Still no specific mention of whether having different libraries on two or more dedicated drives is an option?

Could you advise?
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Postby Blair Evans » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:49 pm

I just thought I would bump this post and ask for some more recommendations.

Someone earlier suggested a Lacie. My last drive was a Lacie and it basically died on me. Other people I have talked to have had similar issues with Lacies.

My needs are more or less the same as the original topic suggests, streaming BFD, Ivory and VSL samples into Logic.

So, any more brand names to look out for or to avoid would be much appreciated.

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Postby M-6 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:54 am

Joining a little late here. OWC Mercury Elite drives are pretty great. I have several (for a variety of uses) and never had a problem. They use Hitatchi drives which are top notch. This is all subjective of course, but a 1TB quad input 7200 RPM 32 MB cache for $150 is a steal. Good Luck!

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Recommended external hard drive for streaming BFD libraries

Postby ronalderumb » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:19 pm

I know we would all help. I know where my book is do we have a site to start a compilation, or should we just use this thread for a draft?


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