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  • Pro Tools and Mac Hard Drive

    I am getting close to purchasing a new system. I will probably get one of the new iMacs with a 7200RPM hard drive.

    My question is if I run Pro Tools can I record to the same physical drive on which the OS is running? I have been doing this with DP for years without a problem on my old G4.

    I have had other users tell me that recording to a separate firewire drive is necessary.

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks-

    -dj
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    Every daw runs better if you use separate drives.

    OS, apps and plugins on the boot drive
    Sample libraries on a second drive (if you use them)
    and audio projects on another separate drive.

    This keeps housekeeping chores and other services/programs
    from interrupting the data stream (which leads to clicks, pops and dropouts).
    <div class="signaturecontainer">Tim O'Brien</div>

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    • #3
      Thanks Tim. That is good advice.
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      Nord Stage 2<br />
      Kawai K5000S<br />
      Korg WS-AD <br />
      Korg TR-Rack<br />
      Roland XV-5050<br />
      Emu Procussion<br />
      Presonus SL 16.0.2<br />
      Yamaha KX-5<br />
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      • #4
        yep that is good advice. i know this is a super old post but in case anyone is reading it... rather than get an imac, i would strongly recommend saving up to get a tower and using internally mounted drives for each of these. or at least get some fast external firewire drives. but the internal ones are super duper cheap and super duper fast.

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        • #5
          I wound up getting a refurbished iMac quad core i7 and an OWC firewire 1TB 7200RPM quad interface drive. All is working well with my protools rig.
          <div class="signaturecontainer">Nord Wave<br />
          Nord Stage 2<br />
          Kawai K5000S<br />
          Korg WS-AD <br />
          Korg TR-Rack<br />
          Roland XV-5050<br />
          Emu Procussion<br />
          Presonus SL 16.0.2<br />
          Yamaha KX-5<br />
          Alesis Vortex</div>

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          • #6
            I wound up getting a refurbished iMac quad core i7 and an OWC firewire 1TB 7200RPM quad interface drive. All is working well with my protolls rig.


            Nice..!

            I have a couple of 7200RPM drives that I use to backup my sessions. The one thing about external drives is that they can get dropped or trodden on more easily so it's worth backing up to something like a reasonable USB drive.. They are soo cheap these days it seems a crime not to..

            Regards. Rimmer
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