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TigerTheFrog

Amphibi-N
My last two NVMe SSDs were ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro. I also have a regular Crucial SSD. I'm very happy with all three and have no plans to buy Samsung again.
 

rgames

Collapsing the Wavefunction
For sample storage/playback where 90% of the activitiy is reading data there's not much practical difference. I think anything with ~100k IOPS will be good enough. Read speeds don't seem to matter much for sample drives these days.

Where I think the Samsung Pro drives provide a benefit is on an OS drive or swap/scratch drive that requires both read and write. I use Samsung Pro drives for those and a mix of WD and Samsung EVO drives for samples.

The Samsung EVO drives are pretty price competitive, aren't they? I just bought a couple more and I think they were pretty much the same price as the other major brands.

Also, why external? I haven't looked in a while but internal drives historically provide better performance and modern laptops have plenty of expansion (I think?). I have 5 TB of NVMe SSDs in my laptop. No cables required!

rgames
 

Quasar

Senior Member
Crucial has worked really well for me. Several with no failures. I have both Samsung and Crucial in my DAW PC, and I trust them equally.
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
I’ve never had a failure with any SSD and I’ve never much paid attention to brands. I think I acquired my first in 2013. That’s in my laptop as the system drive. The second is now functionally retired because it’s 512GB. The other 8 are all 1 or 2 TB. In the meantime I’ve had 5 HDs fail during that same period.
 

Virtuoso

Active Member
I have a ton of Samsungs and a few Sandisks, all of which have been working fine for years. The only SSD drive I've ever had fail was an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G.

I always have Samsung 860 EVO 2 and 4TB drives in my Amazon basket so I can keep an eye on prices. The 2TB has gone up from $229 to $270 in the past week and the 4TB from $500 to $600.

I've started buying M.2 NVMe drives instead. They are more expensive but an order of magnitude faster - 3GB/s vs ~500MB/s.
 

Virtuoso

Active Member
I have an iMac with no ability to add an internal drive beyond the original boot drive it came with.
It is possible to upgrade the original drive and also add a second drive to an iMac, but it's not for the faint-hearted (see guide below). By going internal you may gain a little speed too - up to 550MB/s (externals tend to be slower).

I had to strip mine down to replace a noisy fan - it looks harder than it actually is.

 

Quasar

Senior Member
...The only SSD drive I've ever had fail was an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G.
Interesting, because I have purchased numerous SSD drives for both myself and others, and the only one I've ever had fail was also an OWC, (I do not recall the exact model name) that I put into an older MacBook Pro. So I've not considered purchasing an OWC ever since, even though it could have just been bad luck.