Hard Drive Minimum Requirements
With Pro Tools 6.4.1 for Pro Tools|24 MIX Systems for Mac OS X 10.3
Storage requirements have not changed from previous versions of Pro Tools. As with all Pro Tools systems, drive performance depends on a number of factors, including track count, edit density, and the use of crossfades or processing like Beat Detective. For sessions with high edit density, we recommend the following configurations. Testing has been conducted using Digidesign's DigiDrives and Avid MediaDrives. Performance with other drives may vary.
Optional Digidesign & Avid Storage
SCSI Hard Drives
Additional SCSI Requirements for Pro Tools Systems
The Pro Tools installer CD contains an ATTO utility specifically for OSX users, ATTO Express PCI Plus. The installer is located on the Pro Tools installer CD in a folder labeled “Additional Files”, or download from the Digidesign Storage Downloads page.
ATTO ExpressPCI Configuration Tool
Hard drive families from the following manufacturers are recommended:
* First generation DigiDrives are not supported in LVD mode
SCSI Accelerator Cards
Approximate Storage Consumption (Megabytes per Minute per Track)
As with all Pro Tools systems, drive performance depends on a number of factors, including track count, edit density, and the use of crossfades or processing like Beat Detective. For sessions with high edit density, we recommend the following configurations. Testing has been conducted using Digidesign's DigiDrives. Performance with other drives may vary.
SCSI DrivesApproximate Track Counts:
Note: above results are with approved G4 AGP desktop models only.
IDE/ATA Hard Drives
IDE/ATA drives meeting the following requirements are qualified for up to 32 tracks at 44.1/48 kHz with Pro Tools TDM systems:
Firewire Hard Drives
The DigiDrive FireWire 80 and Avid MediaDrive rS80 have been qualified with Pro Tools|24 MIX systems for the following:
For more information and specific requirements, see Pro Tools FireWire Requirements
Important Note About Mixing Drive Types With Pro Tools Systems
You cannot spread audio files from one session across different types of drives. For example, if you have a session with audio files on SCSI drives, you cannot record or play back Pro Tools files from an IDE/ATA or Firewire drive. (this applies to audio files only, video can be on a different type of drive, or the same type of drive as the audio files in a session)