Using APFS formatted external SSD with Engine Prime as collection storage drive

  • 4TB external SSD
  • Thunderbolt 2/3 connection
  • Macbook Pro 2017 (500gb internal SSD)

I just converted my external ssd to APFS. I was having issues with exFAT. eg accidental disconnect leading to slow mounting next time on my mac. The SSD was HFS before Engine Prime and i had converted to exFAT for compatibility reasons.

This drive is not intended for use with any Denon DJ Prime gear nor Pioneer DJ CDJs. I have a smaller SSD for that purpose.

  • Engine prime reads it normally and Serato DJ is good to go as well.
  • It’s quicker to load and do the usual library refresh.
  • Think there is less file checking in Engine Prime as well…you know when you click on a different collection crate and its checking files like a maniac

With my own workflow i did not see any benefit of sticking with exFAT as i use Macs exclusively for djing.

Just sharing

2021 Update

Since the release of 2.0, Engine DJ now shows an incompatible drive error when APFS/HFS formatted drives are connected

This happens if said drive is connected via USB

Workaround (expensive) - use a thunderbolt drive as it bypasses the USB bus (Engine treats it like an internal drive)

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