Pro Tools|24 for Mac OS X Hard Drive Minimum Requirements
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 Digidesigns DigiDrives. Performance with other drives may vary.
SCSI Hard Drives
Additional SCSI Requirements for Pro Tools Systems
The Pro Tools installer CD contains two ATTO utilities specifically for OSX users. They are located on the Pro Tools installer CD in a folder labeled ATTO Utilities.
ATTO ExpressPCI Configuration Tool
The following sentence in the ATTO Utilities Read Me on the Pro Tools 6.0 CD is incorrect:
You must install this utility to format or partition drives for use with Pro Tools on OS X.
The Mac OS X Disk Utility can be used instead to format or partition drives. The rest of this information in the ATTO Utilities Read Me is correct:
You must also install this (ATTO ExpressStripe) if you wish to create striped volumes, or if you wish to mount striped volumes created by ATTO ExpressRaid in OS 9. Striped volumes are separate drives that are formatted to appear as a single drive on your desktop. Striped drives are not supported for audio recording and playback, but are often used for video playback.
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 has been qualified with Pro Tools|HD systems for the following:
For more information and specific requirements, see DigiDrive FireWire 80 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)