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External SSD drive

Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:24 pm

I recently purchased a VSL library. I want to keep plenty of free space on my iMac's SSD drive. Would this external 1T SSD be sufficient for streaming the string library's samples?

https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ME6CM6EPT01/

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Re: External SSD drive

Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:28 pm

Should be ok I think. How big is the library?
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Re: External SSD drive

Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:55 pm

From the VSL website:

Download File Size 21.2 GB
Installed File Size 63.6 GB
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Re: External SSD drive

Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:03 pm

Not that big. I thought if was over 100 gigs.
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Re: External SSD drive

Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:13 pm

As far as streaming off an external SSD it should be good. I’ve stream Ed Eastwest stuff off an external SSD for a few years now, fairly heavily too. Not one glitch or anything.
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Re: External SSD drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:46 am

My experience with many OWC drives is they are rock solid, but that price is a bit high for a bus powered 1TB SSD. Many other name brands (SanDisk, Samsung, WD) are around $150.

However it does support E-SATA, an external supply, has a power switch and allows swapping out drives to add capacity down the road which you might find useful enough to justify the higher cost.
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Re: External SSD drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:53 am

I just read enossified's post and I apologize for not following the link you supplied.
That is pretty steep as far as $$$ goes.

I don't know if I'm allowed to post links to shopping sites here but I bought a 1TB SSD and the cheap snap together USB 3.0 case (not powered) for approximately $130 (SSD) and $14 (case)

Yep, I'm cheap. haha

I can pop open the case and unplug or plug in other SSD drives anytime as its just a SATA connection.
(I just make sure the power's off and the unplugged from my Computer)

And as I said I've had no issues whatsoever as far as performance.

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Re: External SSD drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:10 am

Thanks to Triplets, Zipfunk, and enossified for the replies.

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Re: External SSD drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:21 pm

I'm a member of the lower-cost SATA SSD drives + USB3 case. I use them for backups and longer term storage as well.

At some point (when prices get better) I will be using an OWC Envoy Express enclosure (1500MB/s) and fast NvME SSD - a 2TB drive can hold everything that I use and need. Carry the drive from machine to machine and boot from that ;-)
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Re: External SSD drive

Sat May 01, 2021 1:43 am

Zipfunk wrote:
I don't know if I'm allowed to post links to shopping sites here

Hi Drew, yes, that's fine, go ahead and post your links.
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