What’s your music storage method ?

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Just loading up the Mac mini M1 ( 256/8 ) plus I have a 2TB Samsung T7.

im looking at 

Studio One OS on the internal.
Plug-in managers I.e. Waves central on internal.
Soundsets and samples on external
samples on external
Things like Izotope , manager on internal with plugins on external.

What you think ?





Mac Mini i7, 2.3Ghz.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 30352
    I put apps and plugins on the internal drive.
    Trust me, it is easier in the long run.

    Misc Samples on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    Audio on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    I have to put Native Instruments on its own 2TB drive.
    I have another 2TB for Spitfire and misc VI libraries (DFH,Spectrasonics etc)
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6870
    I have the OS, DAW and all plugs on the internal drive. Then I do the actual session on the internal drive, back it up using session copy inc all audio files to an external drive at the end . 

    i don't ever use drives bigger than 1Tb, just see too many failures in my main job in electronics, repairing drives and doing data recovery. 

    When using external drives it's important to use a type that has an external removable USB / TB to SATA translator PCB and not one built onto the hard drive controller board. If you look at my thread on this page you can see how easy recovery of the drive and data is if the translator board has gone faulty but is removable compared to being built on the controller board. 

    https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/192351/the-community-repair-thread/p5 ;
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1732
    octatonic said:
    I put apps and plugins on the internal drive.
    Trust me, it is easier in the long run.

    Misc Samples on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    Audio on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    I have to put Native Instruments on its own 2TB drive.
    I have another 2TB for Spitfire and misc VI libraries (DFH,Spectrasonics etc)
    So you reckon things like Waves central and all the associated plugin and add ins are beetr on the internal.

    im concious that the internal drive is only 256G so am at risk of filling this with tons of plugins….

    out of interest …why NI on separate drive….just due to file size ?


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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1450
    edited July 11
    All plugins are on an internal drive for my desktop. And all music libraries are on an external 4TB drive, which I've named as my F drive.

    I set up my laptop in the same way to effectively mirror my desktop. It also has an identical set of music libraries on an external 4TB drive, also named as my F drive for my laptop. So, if one external music library hard drive goes down, I can do a quick swap.

    It proved useful when I recently started to approach the limit of a previous 1TB music library drive. All I had to do was copy all my music libraries to a new 4TB drive, then rename that as my F drive. All the mappings were already set to my F drive for NI, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, XLN, BFD3 etc, so it wasn't necessary to reset mapping paths within individual VSTi's.

    It's not a competition.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 30352
    spark240 said:
    octatonic said:
    I put apps and plugins on the internal drive.
    Trust me, it is easier in the long run.

    Misc Samples on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    Audio on a dedicated 2TB drive.
    I have to put Native Instruments on its own 2TB drive.
    I have another 2TB for Spitfire and misc VI libraries (DFH,Spectrasonics etc)
    So you reckon things like Waves central and all the associated plugin and add ins are beetr on the internal.

    im concious that the internal drive is only 256G so am at risk of filling this with tons of plugins….

    out of interest …why NI on separate drive….just due to file size ?
    If you can then yes.
    But 256GB doesn't leave you a lot of space, so I would say in your case probably not.

    I always spec the highest internal drive I can afford- my Mac Pro has 4TB.
    It should be good for the next 5-7 years.

    Yes, NI is 1.4TB. I put it on an internal 2TB M.2 drive, on a PCIE drive.
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  • SpringywheelSpringywheel Frets: 445
    edited July 12
    Two Samsung Evos (1tb) - one in place of my laptop’s old hdd hard drive; this one’s for Windows files, plus software not related to music. 

    The other is in a caddy adapter, where my optical drive used to be. This is where I store my DAW, Kontakt, NI, VSTs etc. (Incidentally I have trouble migrating Waves plugs to this drive - for some reason it doesn’t seem possible to move them from their default location on my windows c: drive). 

    I plan on backing everything up on HDD. 
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1732
    For this of you using USB C connections….what cables are you using ?

    Ive discovered so far not the official Apple cable seems to work with Mac M1 and both the Quantum 2626 and the Samsung T7.

    I got a cheaper Belkin cable and it doesn’t work with either, Belkin say it hasn’t been tested with those devices.


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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 3537
    If I’m pottering about I stream from my Mac via a Bluetooth adapter into my hifi, any serious listening then it’s always Vinyl 
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