In general, we recommend a two to four hard drive configuration depending on your budget and desired performance level:
Primary Drive - OS/Software (SSD) - Includes your operating system, the base Pro Tools / Logic Pro installation, and your plug-ins. An SSD is highly recommended as it will greatly improve how fast the OS and programs startup.
Secondary Drive - Sessions (SSD/Hard Drive) - If possible, it is a good idea to separate your project files and disk cache onto a secondary drive.
Optional Tertiary Drive - Samples (SSD/ Hard Drive) - The performance of one SSD can support both the sessions and samples. For traditional spindle hard drives, having your sessions and samples on separate drives can at times improve performance.
Optional Storage Drive (Hard Drive) - For the larger sound libraries, the traditional platter hard drive is a good choice as they are still much cheaper per GB than SSDs.
- Hard Drive = Standard spindle technology @ 7,200rpm
- Hard Drive Bay = ~175MB/s
- Solid-State Drive - connectivity via SATA3 controller
- Hard Drive Bay = ~250MB/s
- PCIe Slot = ~500MB/s
- Flash Storage = connectivity via PCIe controller