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Old October 1st, 2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Internal SATA Drive for Scratch Disk?

An Apple store employee suggested that I install an internal SATA drive as a scratch disk, instead of purchasing another external drive.

I was at the store to purchase another ext. drive. He suggested buying the SATA, and then when I start filling it up to go ahead and buy another ext. drive to move the files to.

What are some opinions on this idea? Anyone currently doing it? Brand suggestions?

I edit HDV. I capture native, and export AIC.

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Old October 2nd, 2006, 12:13 AM   #2
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Any internal SATA drive will be faster than a FireWire or USB drive. It's a good recommendation. HDV runs well below the speed capacity of modern hard drives - even below most SD codecs. As far as brand preference goes, I generally like Seagates the best. The only feature you're going to lose is portability.
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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Thank you Eric.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 02:57 PM   #4
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I would agree with Eric.
HDV is 25 mbps, Firewire is 400 or 800 mbps depending on the type, and SATA is 1.5 or 3.0 gbps depending on type.
I would highly recommend the internal drive if you have an open drive bay. It will give you the option to work with higher data rate footage in the future.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #5
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I can't speak on the specific drive speeds but I have been using a firewire 800 drive as a scratch disk (editing HDV footage regularly) and have never had an issue.

I do export to a second internal SATA drive when I put something on a tape. So maybe you shouldn't base your decision on my experience.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 07:07 AM   #6
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Keep in mind you can also buy external cases now that support eSATA interface. I have my original iMac 160gb drive in one such case. You have to buy a SATA interface board for your Powermac but those are pretty cheap these days. The external case typically also offers USB2 and/or FW connectivity so you can reap the benefit of high speed data transfer on your own system while maintaining portabilty with other systems using USB2 or FW.

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