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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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FS 100 Transfer Rate

I am thinking about using a FS 100 in conjunction with the Panasonic HVX 200. I know that transfer rates from the FS100 to a hard drive will vary dependent upon hardrive and processor speeds. The scenario I am looking at using would be a FS100 to a MAC Pro Book 2.33 ghz processor to an External 7200 FireWire /USB Hardrive.
Any thoughts on this scenario and what should I expect (ballpark figure) for a transfer time of a fully loaded 100GB FS100?
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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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Hi Wayne,

If you are copying from the FS-100 to an external drive (via the MacBook), you should be looking at about 2 times real-time...but only if the FS-100 is connected to the MacBooks FireWire port and the drive is connected to the USB2 port. If both units are on the FireWire bus, transfer will be very slow.

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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #3
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FW800 on MacBook Pro or new eSATA via ExpressCard/34

Matt,

Please correct me if I am wrong. I also have a new FS-C 100 for my XH-A1. My external drives are OWC 500 gig FW400/FW800/USB2. One is newer and also has eSATA.

I think I have good transfer speeds with the hard drive on the FW800 bus and USB2 dosen't seem to work as well. But, I am thinking about getting one of the new SATA ExpressCard/34 adapters so that the drive is on that bus. Then the only limitation will be the FS-C 100 over FW400 and this will max out the transfer speed.

I am also thinking about a eSATA PCI card for my desktop. This would be a less expensive alternative to Fibre Channel. And, the same RAID could be used on either computer...

Ken Boyer

My cameras and computers wait for me far more than I wait for them. Maybe I need an upgrade...
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Old December 20th, 2006, 09:13 PM   #4
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Matt,

Please correct me if I am wrong. I also have a new FS-C 100 for my XH-A1. My external drives are OWC 500 gig FW400/FW800/USB2. One is newer and also has eSATA.

I think I have good transfer speeds with the hard drive on the FW800 bus and USB2 dosen't seem to work as well. But, I am thinking about getting one of the new SATA ExpressCard/34 adapters so that the drive is on that bus. Then the only limitation will be the FS-C 100 over FW400 and this will max out the transfer speed.

I am also thinking about a eSATA PCI card for my desktop. This would be a less expensive alternative to Fibre Channel. And, the same RAID could be used on either computer...

Ken Boyer

My cameras and computers wait for me far more than I wait for them. Maybe I need an upgrade...
Thank you for all the great input!... Ken you are reading my thoughts!
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Old December 21st, 2006, 10:59 AM   #5
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Yes, thanks for the feedback Ken. I also have a MacBook Pro and have not noticed that the USB2 port is slow, but I also don't use it as extensively as most of our users. Your other suggestions are good ones.

Thanks,

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Old December 22nd, 2006, 02:13 PM   #6
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Everything I am reading is saying that eSata is much faster than Firewire or USB. Matt has Focus Enhancements done any research using these drives?
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Old December 27th, 2006, 01:48 PM   #7
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We have not as yet done eSATA testing with FS products yet. I would be interested in hearing any results anyone has though.

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