• Chris Da Mentalist

    or you could replace your internal for SSD, chuck your old one in an external usb caddy and boot from that one during WORK in the day.

    Simples.
    Comparrrrrrrrre the hard drives….dot com.

  • Chris Da Mentalist

    If you use ur mac in the day for work, and can live with using an External usb DVD read /writer you can get a caddy an install an SSD in where the CD drive lives at the mo!

    http://iamthekiller.net/2009/10/dual-hard-drive-macbook/

    Install a fresh version of your favoured version of OSX on the SSD and optimise it for DJ ing only!

    U can have a stripped down OSX version on the SSD with no wifi – blutooth – printer drivers blah blah blah that you dont need while DJing then you will have a super fast and reliable DJ machine, and dual boot into standard mode off your standard HDD while at work!
    Voila – best of both worlds!

  • alang
  • Nisus

    [quote comment="25216"]“I think this is a great article. I have a question though! If I am DJ-ing with Traktor it would save me file access time, however will I run into problems with recording (writing a large WAV file to the HDD)?” I have also the same question????Could you please answer to me….[/quote]

    Write speeds are very much quicker than standard drives as well. -Nisus

  • clj nicko

    “I think this is a great article. I have a question though! If I am DJ-ing with Traktor it would save me file access time, however will I run into problems with recording (writing a large WAV file to the HDD)?” I have also the same question????Could you please answer to me….

  • W.T.

    Great article I must say. I too am holding out on replacing my old Macbook with a Macbook Pro with a SSD drive, as I want to wait next year and see if prices for SSD will go down. I can see the 3.5 & 2.5 inch hard drives going the way of the dodo in another say 3-5 years time.

  • http://www.thehouserollers.com Pascal

    [quote comment="25072"]Not sure if anyone else mentioned this, but E-Sata is retardedly fast and if you pack your gear correctly and ensure its safety you should have no need to upgrade to SSD. Once SSD matures and becomes less expensive, than I can see it being more viable. But seriously 100 bucks for a TB of E-Sata awesome is too hard to pass up.[/quote]

    I think the point of all this, is to avoid to hurt your HD. Bringing one other external HD it’s like looking to double your chance of broking your drives.

  • http://www.DjChristianLee.com DJ Christian Lee

    THANKS FOR THE IMPORTANT INFO TECHTOOLS..)

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned this, but E-Sata is retardedly fast and if you pack your gear correctly and ensure its safety you should have no need to upgrade to SSD. Once SSD matures and becomes less expensive, than I can see it being more viable. But seriously 100 bucks for a TB of E-Sata awesome is too hard to pass up.

  • LeeZer

    SSD’s are not nothing new, admittedly the market has been flooded by options from most chip manufacturers. however it’s truly a high price if you choose to go with complete ssd adaptation. personally myself i do all the id’ing of tracks and the likes on my main machine then i copy whatever to laptop if i wanted to play out with it. ssd’s have positives in the fact they don’t take up as much system load but a for most people a simple memory stick would be a safer purchase because there cheaper and a more adaptable format to have your tunes on.

  • Brian

    Is it or will it be possible to run your OS on an SSD?

  • bassline8

    One question, there is a famous vid of a guy in a serverroom yelling at a hard drive array and you see the bandwith going down.
    Does anyone know something about low performance of harddisks in clubs because of heavy bass sounds?
    Modern 2.5″ hd have a very high capacity and could in my oppinion have problmes with those extrem vibrations cuased by deep club bass sounds. That could be another reason to go for ssd drives.

  • chEx

    Self healing 2nd generation Samsung based MLC drives for the win! I love my Corsair P128! 3 months ago did a fresh install of snow leopard with no unnecessary fonts, printer drivers, etc. and loaded up logic, traktor, ssl, live, reason, etc. and all my “regularly” used music and projects, still got around 30GB free. Performance hasn’t degrade over time for me, and loving it! best $285 spent!

  • GRiNSER

    @[quote comment="25041"]I know apple wants them so I’m sure the manufacturers are hustling to get them right. Trim is available on Windows 7 but not Snow Leopard. The way the two OS’s write their data is different and it might not even be necessary on a mac.
    [/quote]
    Of course it is necessary for any OS to implement the Trim feature in order to tackle the mentioned issue … Look what wikipedia says about the topic! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM_%28SSD_command%29

  • Draw A Line

    $475 for the SSD? My black MacBook was $500!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Livewyr3 Justin Turner

      but the black macbook probably came with 1gb of RAM. Club DJing requires expensive, good quality machines, just like any other performing musician needs top of the line gear for playing live. I used to use a $300 tube amp for my guitar setup, and after a few months of use it would short out and stop working after 20 minutes. When I got a new band going, and we were about to start booking shows, I bit the bullet and bought a $2,100 amp and could never be happier. Sometimes you have to spend big money to have quality, solid, reliable gear.

  • Nisus

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed the post, thanks. I think we are really close to a break through in the performance and size of these drives. I know apple wants them so I’m sure the manufacturers are hustling to get them right. Trim is available on Windows 7 but not Snow Leopard. The way the two OS’s write their data is different and it might not even be necessary on a mac.

    The space thing is difficult, but if you are used to carrying crates or pulling tracks from your back up drive before your set it just becomes a part of your working process. You do have everything backed up right? uh,right?:)

  • http://www.twitter.com/djchrispop ChrisPop

    I’ve got the 256 with the Mac. That is plenty of space for DJing. Keep the rest of my unused songs and files on an external. The speed is insane

  • http://www.djkidhack.com KIDHACK

    maybe if i had a dedicated MacBook Pro for DJing, but it’s also my day job computer. even with a 500GB HD i’m running out of space, so 256 just wouldn’t cut it. now if i could drop the DVD player and replace with a SSD with the system and music on it, that would be perfect.

  • Michael Coons

    I dont think any discussion of SSDs today is complete without talking about the two major technologies that are currently competing in the SSD market. This would be Single-Level Cell (SLC) drives and Multi-Level Cell (MLC) drives.

    For a really great article concerning the differences between these two technologies please refer to this forum post over on notebookreview http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=223173

    Anyone seriously interested in buying a SSD should take the time to read it as the differences in the technology will potentially impact your buying decision.

    In short, SLC drives are more expensive, but offer much better performance and much longer lifespan than MLC drives. However, MLC drives are cheaper at the cost of performance.

    A lot of initial criticism over SSD were really pointing at the poor performance of the controller chip for MLC drives. The way I understand it… Because MLC drives store multiple bits inside a physical data cell on the chip (unlike SLC), the data cell must first be read, then unset, then written. Because of the complex nature of not being able to just set 1 bit, the “bad” MLC controller chips could get swamped easily in the case of a large number of small write operations.

  • http://www.djrfbt.com DJ RFBT

    I must say, for me, just the startup time that is reduced alone to get into Traktor is a huge benefit when playing out.

    Once functions like TRIM become more mature in the use of the SSD, the speeds of the drives should average closer those the New Out of Box speeds.

    Well worth the investment for me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tubbotronic tubbo

    mac osx does not support the trim command!
    but i´m using a super talent ssd with 128 gigs in my 13″ mbp without any problems and i´m loving it. its really fast (boot up in 16 secs) and has enough space for all data that i´ve got to carry around with me
    AND it was much cheaper than the intel, but nearly as fast as the x 25-m (!)

  • Felipe Capri

    I’ve received my MacBook Pro, ordered with a 250G SSD, I can say that it’s so much faster, very reliable regarding place with vibration. I’m not afraid anymore to bring it wherever.

  • f0tif0

    i wonder why my macs hard drive is clinking when i pick up my mybook pro in working condition.

  • http://ifnotwhynot.me DJSDive

    it should also be mentioned that if you google you will find plenty of guides that show you how to swap out your dvd drive for an ssd. iirc you can even throw the dvd into an external case. this allows you to run in “hybrid” mode. as in you can keep your large cheap magnetic harddrive as backup and additional storage while keeping all your most important stuff on the ssd.

  • Tobert

    “The Bad” is wrong.

    “SSD’s get slower the more you use them” was correct when the first generation of SSD’s were released, but nowadays, they make use of the so called Trim feature, that automatically deletes the unused portions of the SSD and thus preserves the drive speed.
    Do better research before you post such an article, please. SSDs are awesome, yet still expensive. I wouldn’t go for a SSD as data storage drive yet, I’d rather recommend buying one for your system and most important programs.

  • thisisian

    I’m sure it wont take too long for prices to fall & capacities to increase.
    Once we get to approx £200 for a 320 Gb drive, then i’ll be onboard!

  • http://soundcloud.com/groups/fleater Pete

    I think this is a great article. I have a question though! If I am DJ-ing with Traktor it would save me file access time, however will I run into problems with recording (writing a large WAV file to the HDD)?

  • seeMARTINbreak

    can you replace/change one of these in a Mac??

  • http://www.durahcell.de Tigris

    OCZ released a “mac” version of their Vertex-Series several month ago and from what I checked, they are even in stock here in Germany.
    The price are way too steep for my liking, as is the GB-size. I don’t have a dedicated DJ-Laptop and my 500GB HDD only has 100GB left.
    Especially with a mac; how do you streamline your system to fit into 120GB? Do you simply take only certain parts of your library with you to a gig? Isn’t that like carrying record-cases with you all over again?

  • http://www.holotropik.com holotropik

    Was reading that Apple will have awesome SSD’s in the new Macbook Pro. Will be interesting to see how they go in the long term…

  • http://www.myspace.com/vonburn Von Burn

    well thats good to know. I’m a producer and I’m always trying to find ways to improve the speed of my PC. Not that I didn’t know about ssd, but now I know which is best. Thanks a bunch!

  • Double DutchDj

    Sweet post, the less moving parts the better for me. Sadly I don’t crap money so I’ll be waiting for a couple years until the price is a little more friendly.

  • DavidKelso

    great article, I’m putting this one in the schkin Box