What hard drive setup is best for a Mac Mini?
Hey Live Community,
I'm looking into purchasing a Mac Mini as my primary rig for creating music. Currently, I'm using a Windows setup on a desktop I built myself, but I'd like to move my work to a Mac system for CoreAudio, Unix capabilities, ability to use Apogee hardware, etc.
Currently, I've got three 500GB internal drives: One for the OS/Applications, one for sample libraries (Komplete 7, Ableton Suite Library, and some other stuff. Planning on having Komplete 8 Ultimate soon), and one for recording/projects. Since I can't fork the money over for a Mac Pro (never mind it's very overpriced for the hardware you're getting, even compared to a Mac Mini or iMac...), I'm wondering what's your opinion for the best setup I can do for external drives for a Mac Mini?
The Mac Mini has 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FW800 port (which I'd be using for my interface, but I can always daisy-chain the drives if I go for Firewire based external drives), and 1 Thunderbolt port (that I won't be using for a Mac monitor). I'm getting the 750GB 7500RPM internal drive.
The big parts of this question are:
- 1 External or 2 External drives? If I go for one drive, is it better to put the libraries on the external drive (recording to internal) or my projects on the external drive (recording to external) or both (recording and libs on external with internal only having apps)?
- Any recommended drives? I know Glyph's great and all, but it's hard paying a lot of extra bones when it's just a Seagate drive underneath the hood and for a nice warranty (I'm good about making backups of my data). I'm not too worried about fan noise either, but if you have a good point for Glyph over one of the more conventional drives, particularly a specific model, I'm all ears.
Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated. My technical knowledge is pretty deep, so feel free to explain to your technical heart's desire. Thanks!
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