USB External Hard Drive

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  1. poloboy286

    poloboy286 Member

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    If I use an external USB 2 hard drive to record to, Is that going to cause problems? I use Pro Tools 7.0 with a MBox2 on my lap top.
     
  2. valcotone

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    Not sure about your system, but with my WinXP Dell D610 laptop I'm able to sustain 10 tracks of 32-bit audio with my external USB2 300GB drive. I haven't had any issues with drop out or performance. This is with Adobe Audition and the Presonus Firepod.
     
  3. elambo

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    If you're using a PC, USB2 transfer rates are extremely fast. On a Mac they are still good, but not nearly as quick. Either way USB-2 should be suitable for moderate recordings. For many simultaneous tracks I'd strongly recommend firewire.
     
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    I record everything at 24-bit on a mac with a USB hard drive and have been able to use 32 tracks simultaneously (haven't tried recording more than 8 at once but that hasn't been a problem) with no problem at all
     
  5. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree that you should use a firewire drive if possible. The problem with USB is that it shares the bandwidth between all the devices on that bus, including your mbox. Although a USB drive will work, you won't get maximum performance. IIRC, there have been issues with certain drives and PT so you might want to ask around for drive recommendations.
     

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