Samsung 840

Music Recording Backup Scheme

Sooooo because I'm a nerd and I invested a lot into the current workstation setup I've got, I decided to outline some data backup schemes that I have.  Mainly for my own use to provide a cloud-based schematic for how I have my system setup but others may benefit as well.  I also have a Wacom Cintiq 13HD that I need to start learning how to use, so that was the other motivation behind the underlying pics.  Here goes... For music recording I'm using the DAW (digital audio workstation) Logic Pro X.  I like it because it's relatively simple and comes with a bunch of software instruments and royalty free loops that are ready to go.  It also integrates seamlessly with the Apogee hardware I like to use (for now a Duet 2).  My recording projects involve a project file which is based off my 2013 Mac Pro hard drive (a pcie-based SSD), a samples drive (where my drum samples of BFD 3.0 live...a Samsung 840 120GB SSD connected via thunderbolt with a HighPoint RocketStor thunderbolt dock), and an audio drive (where my guitar/bass/vocal/mic recordings go...a 500GB Samsung 840 SSD plugged in to the second slot of the HighPoint).  My projects are then backed up to a Drobo Mini using the Carbon Copy Cloner program and will then be backed up to another drive to be stored offsite (said drive still needs purchasing).

Here's the data flow...only thing missing is the Duet which I use to get audio information in to Logic


HighPoint RocketStor

Not going to lie, I'm a big fan of hard drive docks.  Having something I can simply plug naked drives (2.5" or 3.5") into for copying files, making bootable clones, etc without having to deal with a bunch of individual enclosures is great.  Even though I love my 2013 Mac Pro so far, the form factor also means you're going to have to be using lots of external storage.  I recently came across one thunderbolt dock solution that I thought I'd give a try: the HighPoint RocketStor.  It is a dual-drive (accepts 2.5" or 3.5") hard drive dock that connects to the computer via a single thunderbolt (thunderbolt 1) connection.  I picked up one of these guys for music recording.  I bought two SSD drives to use with it.  Samsung 840 SSDs have been on sale lately, so I picked up a 120gb version (for storage of audio samples) and a 500gb version (for storage of audio files during recording).  Both drives mounted like they should in the dock, the dock turns on when the computer turns on, and the dock turns off when the computer turns off.  Using the Blackmagic disk speed test, I'm getting ~500mb/s read/write times from both drives out of the dock with a 5gb stress test.  Looks perfect for my far, so good.


Works exactly like it should


Expensive compared to USB 3 docks

Feels a little cheap and plasticky 

Only one single thunderbolt port (must be plugged in at the end of a thunderbolt chain)

I bought my dock here.  Hard drives here and here.  

Disclaimer: I am no way endorsed by any of the companies or websites mentioned in this post.  All equipment was purchased by myself and I did not receive any compensation for writing this post.