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Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:06 pm

I have 850 GB free space on a 1 TB external drive running a Logic project. Why am I getting this error still?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:14 pm

How many audio files in the project?

What rpm is the HDD?

How is the HDD connected?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:20 pm

Rev. Juda$ Sleaze wrote:
How many audio files in the project?

What rpm is the HDD?

How is the HDD connected?



About 12-15 audio files off a FireWire drive, Iomega go drive not sure of the rpm. Should I be extracting audio files from the external?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:21 pm

How is the drive formatted?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:24 pm

Scott Jackson wrote:
How is the drive formatted?



I have one partition, comprised of six folders, one being "Logic"
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:35 pm

We need to know what kind of drive you're using. Not only the RPM, but also the interface: FW400, 800? USB1, USB2...?

If you save your project onto your system drive and play it from there, do the errors disappear?

What does the HD meter say at the time of the alerts?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:03 pm

David wrote:
We need to know what kind of drive you're using. Not only the RPM, but also the interface: FW400, 800? USB1, USB2...?

If you save your project onto your system drive and play it from there, do the errors disappear?

What does the HD meter say at the time of the alerts?


RPM 5400, FW800, no, and:

Disk is too slow or System Overload.
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The Sudden Motion Sensor may have parked the hard drive head, or the disk performance is not sufficient to read or write all audio tracks, or the system was not able to process all data in time.
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Thanks. What about the HD Meter (in your transport bar displays on the right)?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:11 pm

David wrote:
Thanks. What about the HD Meter (in your transport bar displays on the right)?


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Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:26 pm

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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:46 pm

This may sound trivial but if you are running other application (in the background also) such as backup utilities that often comes with external drives or Time Machine, virtual drives, etc..., it could interfere with Logic.
5400rpm... I am not an expert, but this seems marginal performance...
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:57 pm

5,400rpm should run much more than 12-15 simultaneous audio tracks. Are you also using any streaming sample libraries?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:07 pm

David wrote:
5,400rpm should run much more than 12-15 simultaneous audio tracks. Are you also using any streaming sample libraries?


what's an example of a "streaming" sample library please?
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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:08 pm

Atlas007 wrote:
This may sound trivial but if you are running other application (in the background also) such as backup utilities that often comes with external drives or Time Machine, virtual drives, etc..., it could interfere with Logic.
5400rpm... I am not an expert, but this seems marginal performance...


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Re: Slow disk errors running off a near empty external drive

Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:14 pm

alexfsu wrote:
what's an example of a "streaming" sample library please?

The EXS24 with virtual memory turned on. Most large sample libraries. Here's a test you can try: under Preferences > Audio > General, set Track Mute/Solo to CPU-saving. Now mute your sampler tracks. See if the behavior changes.
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