That Pesky USB Connection!

Remember the problem we ran into when we connected an external SSD drive, using the USB ports located on the back / inside of our Sonic? The fix is in but the jury is still out on how well we like our solution. We are going to run a couple more tests to verify what we are seeing but at first glance, it appears the “read” performance (as in loading a sample) is NOT what we expect from the drive. More to come on that.

Based on what we are seeing, along with a comment from another “club” member regarding overall performance, we are going to create a new category on the site dedicated to talking about overall system performance topics.

For now we will leave you with this:

 

5 thoughts on “That Pesky USB Connection!

  • 08/21/2017 at 18:51
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    What drive are you using, and what is it contained in. (Not all drives/Interfaces are created equal)
    Bill

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    • 08/22/2017 at 08:40
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      Hey Bill – We are running a Western Digital My Passport. https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-ssd.html We initially were seeing read times in the 325-350 MB/s range. Right after we added the “90” connector I noticed we were in the 40 – 50 MB/s range. Removed the connector and tried again and same numbers so the connector didn’t change anything – Good!

      No encryption, etc configured. Formatted as NTFS. Quick test this morning and seeing 80 MB/s or so. As expected opening / closing lot’s of small files is slower than working with single large files.

      Just going to monitor at this point.

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      • 08/22/2017 at 09:31
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        HI Curt

        Make sure you have deleted all partitions on the drive before creating a new one and formatting, as most WD Passport drives have a hidden partition for controlling the unit with their own software, which is not ideal for VST use.

        Hope this helps

        Bill

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      • 08/22/2017 at 14:10
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        Hi Curt,

        What transfer rates do you see plugging it into another computer or front Sonic USB ports – will hopefully pinpoint if SSD, Sonic or port related. I normally use a 1Gb file for these sorts of tests between computers, over wifi, CAT5 and power line adapters to NAS so that I have a consistent view, as most stuff I do at home is streaming.

        Cheers
        Mark

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