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hi, ive been hearing alot about people partitioning their hard drive or storing logics sounds or there project files on an external hard drive but is there a need for any of this if i mostly wanna use my macbook (with 4GB upgrade) for logic pro 9... the only thing i will be using it for other than logic would under 10 game apps and basic web browsing..

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Using an external HD can make sense if it is fast and has a fast connection. Partitioning doesn't increase the speed, it is just a matter of organization. While it generates additional logical drives, the hardware is still the same: One hardware interface per physical hard drive.
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Storing sounds on multiple drives can make loading faster. If your sampler uses DFD, having the sound spread out is great for performance.

 

I think partitioning drives just makes things more confusing. I do however partition the 2tb drive that I use for time machine backups so that time machine does not fill it up all the way.

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cheers for the reply.... what is DFD may i ask? ...lol were you referring to a software sampler or which hardware sampler i use?

 

anyway, my sampler is an MPC2500 and will also use MIDI keyboard for playing basslines, synths from sounds that are in built into logic pro 9...

 

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what is DFD may i ask?

 

That's what NI says:

'DFD stands for “direct from disk“ and is a technique for playing back large and very large instruments and samples without loading them entirely into RAM. In fact, only the first portion of each sample is loaded into RAM permanently; the rest is read from the computer’s hard disk while playing the instrument. RAM is able to react virtually instantly, delivering the first portion of any sample the user requests, while the computer goes to fetch the next portion of that sample from the hard disk.'

 

Sort of virtual memory with intelligent management to achieve fast access to huge data amounts. Obviously It is dependent on good hard disc performance.

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