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External Hard Drive for Pro Tools

Kappy

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If you're using a USB or Firewire port, does it matter any more whether the drive is Mac or PC? If the enclosure has a USB interface, you can format it however you like. I see 320GB IDE drives going for under $150., that and a $20. USB 2.0 enclosure and you've got a lot of extra storage.

I know it would work for FreeBSD, which OSX is based on, but maybe someone who knows Macs better than I do will fill me in if I'm wrong about it working with a Mac.
 

TAVD

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I've been eyeing the G-Tech G-Drive. Fanless and quite fast according to the specs. Anyone else try one of these yet?
 
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mikeyp123

I've got a Segate 160gig USB 2.0 drive... supposed to be one of the quietest on the market... well, it not silent. I can barely hear it spinning from about 3 feet away.

Dunno in terms of actual performance which is better USB or firewire, even though USB 2.0 is supposed to have more through-put.
 

TAVD

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Firewire drives can sustain high throughput while usb can't. USB also suffers if you use more than one device on the usb bus. The only way I'd consider usb is if my interface was firewire. Putting the drive on a seperate bus from the interface should give better performance. Still, I'd spend the extra money for a dual interface drive, just in case my setup changes. Using multiple drives, go with firewire.
 

melondaoust

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I use a LaCie Porche 80g 7200RPM for my ProTools LE stuff.

If you want a good drive, you might want to look at a Glyph.
 

MichaelK

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>> If you want a good drive, you might want to look at a Glyph.

Most folks I know (including me) are using LaCie for firewire drives. Glyph firewire drives are simply overpriced, IMHO. No need to spend that kind of money.

I use Glyph UW SCSI drives in my studio because that was "the" standard at the time I bought them. Still the best read/write throughput, according to many. But firewire drives are both quieter and more reliable, IMO.
 




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