SSD upgrade: which is better--replace startup/internal drive or external drive(s)

MacBook Pro early 2010, 2.25 GHz, 8Gb RAM
Live 8.4 64-bit; Kontakt 5.2

My Kontakt instruments work fine when run in Kontak's interface, but some (mostly high-polyphony instruments like the Giant and other pianos, organs, strings) tend to glitch or totally crash Live 8.4, often requiring a computer restart.

I've read about people replacing startup drives and/or external/non-startup drives (where instruments and samples are stored) with SSDs to improve performance, but while I'm thinking the internal/startup drive should be replaced first, I'm wondering what you think.

I can't really afford to do both, so will likely replace the start-up drive, but first seek feedback from others who've moved to SSDs.

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mduke 7 months ago | 0 comments

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  • Happy Tony
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    Hi I have replaced my internal drive on my DELL Xps 8500 to SSD.  ITs awesome.

    What I can say is that really you don't need a hard shell around the SSD and infact you can easily add the internal SSD to a hard shell case external anytime you choose if you get in your computer.  You can also take the SSD out of the external case and put it in your MAC i think.  Maybe ask Geeksquad if it can be read by your system.

    That being said probably contrary is the idea that if you have the space and your external SSD setup is linked fast enough then there is no speed downside that way either.  I dont know your computer specs and I dont know MACs.

    From what I understand if you have a decent computer like above 2.0 or 3.0 on MAC its connections are probably speedy enough unless they scimped.  Call your computer manufacturer for specs if you need or dig in your computer and research via Wikipedia.

    I have an Intel 520 series SSD. I recomend it highly.  Its read and write rates are equal about at 520 mb sec.  Not all SSDs are even that fast so reserach how good they are too.

    I highly recomend doing seraches on SSD drives such as 520 series eroor in macbook pro or such etc. Find out what is stable.  Cheers....

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • mduke
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    Thanks, HT: I appreciate your input. I've been installing a brand of SSDs in our Mac desktops and laptops at work now for a year and they've all been stellar, so I think I have one in mind for my Live rig. The only issue now is whether to fork over $200 for a 240Gb drive (bigger than my current by 80Gb) or $400 for the 480Gb drive (out of my budget range for now but almost certainly will kick myself down the road for not going for the larger unit). Well, if that's my only worry, I ain't got much to complain about, eh!

    The other thing I just read up on is I could replace the optical (DVD) drive in my Mactop with an SSD, too. So then, I could have my start-up drive AND my instruments/samples all in one unit. I'm not sure that's actually wise (all eggs in one basket, so to speak), but I used the optical drive for a couple of MacPros at work, and they work great.

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • Happy Tony
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    Aright!  Cool.  NIce.  I personally like the idea of having the DAW and intruments, EVRYTHING you want to operate fast to be on the SSD.  Yes it is nice to have everything on there like the OS too for startup for sure and im not sure if having the OS on the SSD will help speed.  

    While you CAN load samples and intruments on the SSD in Live 8 for some reason my memory is telling me it's tricky to get all the stuff on another drive and get read from LIVE or it just isn't possible without reinstalling things to do the trick.

    If you can specify the read location i think it can do it. 

    I too myself am waiting to one day get a huge SSD when prices drop.  A year ago there was flooding in the country where most SSDs come from so prices escalated.  Maybe consider getting somethning affordable for now to use later as well.  That would suck to remove the optical drive. haha

    6 months ago | 0 comments

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