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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:46 AM   #1
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Will this drive work?

I am looking for a new external drive for HDV capturing and editing. I am looking at the Western Digital 2tb My Book Studio edition II Quad Interface. I want to use it with a USB 2.0 connection. Will it be able to keep up with HDV capturing? Does anyone use this drive? Any other suggestions? I really want to use a usb 2.0 connection because the camera will connect to my firewire 400 port and I have found over the years that I can not share it successfully during capture. Also Adobe products do not like sharing ports on the same card.

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Old June 17th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #2
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Howard, I've got that WD 2TB external drive. It's 2 1TB drives in the one tin. Mine is configured as RAID 1 (it mirrors the files to the 2nd drive) running on FW800. So I've got backup in case a drive dies.

I've now got 260GB of archival files stored and I don't think USB2 will work once you get many files stored. Could be wrong but I think it'll be too slow.

One thing that did happen, a file got corrupted on one of the drives. Then when I powered the system up, it announced it was taking over and rebuilt the whole suspect drive. Took 22hours straight.

I don't like WDs software either, IMO they have too 'many' models, the software update site is a jungle of clicks, links and wonder.

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Old June 17th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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Would you suggest installing an e sata card in the computer and using the e sata cable for the drive? Would this give me the best results? I see the e sata cards are inexpensive.
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Old June 17th, 2009, 07:59 AM   #4
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By all reports yes, but don't quote me I'm not certain.

BTW I think we're in the wrong forum. Pickup your skirts I hear the posting police coming.

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Old June 17th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #5
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I've used USB external drives with my old laptop, to record live DV and HDV. It can work, but you are skating on fairly thin ice to do it. Make sure the hard drive is defragged, and you don't want to be running other apps (especially anything that accesses the disk) while capturing.

I'm not a fan of pre-built external drives. They tend not to be very well designed to keep the drives cool. I suggest getting drives that are known to run cool (some Hitachi drives are good for this) and put them in external enclosures that have good fans built in. Newegg sells some generic ("Rosewill") enclosures with 80mm fans, that cool the drives quite well.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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Get an e-sata card and plug the drive into that. It will be the same speed as your internal drive. Much faster than usb 2.0 or firewire
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #7
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I am just recovering from a data dilemma related to failing Seagate Barracuda drives. I chose to replace them with two WD Caviar Black 1 TB in an external enclosure with RAID 1 redundancy. Now I feel safer :)
I have installed an e-SATA PCIe card that allows for two outputs. Nexstar Welcome to Vantec ? Leading Brand of Storage, Thermal, and Mobile Accessories!
make a variety of cards that allow for multiple eSATA, Firewire 400/800 and USB outputs.
I am just about to try out the eSATA x2 output model. It promises great speed and redundancy.
It's always possible to add more Firewire ports.
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