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Old February 26th, 2003, 05:51 PM   #1
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Hardware Heaven-firewire HD install

I know, it's not a place one visits regularly, but I went there today. I've been editing a piece from nearly four hours of tape, and hoped I could manage my 60 GB video drive to do the job, likely to be about two hours. It became obvious that I couldn't without painful workarounds so I thought I'd put another internal drive in (to make 3). When I realized I had no open bay for it I started thinking firewire external. At noon I bought a LaCie 120 GB firewire drive. Then I had lunch and a nap. Believe it or not the subsequent installation was flawless, the format to NTFS likewise. To cap it off I found I could use the second input on the back of the drive to bring up my firewire network, which I've been accessing through my Audigy Platinum sound card break-out box, now plugged to the LaCie. I can't recall the last time any install went so perfectly. After the install I ran the Canopus raptest.exe to check the read/write speed of the external drive. It was faster both ways than my Maxtor Diamond Plus 7200 rpm internal video drive which has served me perfectly for almost a year. I dumped 30 GB from it to the new drive in no time at all and now have all the room I need to carry on without having to move the project from its happy home. I realize one should wait for a question before giving an answer but sometimes it's helpful to hear that what you wonder about actually works. Or maybe I just want to spread the joy. By the way I'm running WIN2K SP2 on a P4-1.8.
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Old February 26th, 2003, 06:17 PM   #2
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Ain't firewire great!?!?
I have 2 on my system a 40 Acom and an 80 Maxtor and I love 'em. I can switch them over to my laptop also. I have an old Pll that serves me well but doesn't have enough room and the firewire solution has worked great.
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Old February 27th, 2003, 06:22 PM   #3
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Great to hear, and yes, you are welcome to post "this went well"
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Old February 27th, 2003, 08:44 PM   #4
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Good to hear, I always wondered about those devices and now I won't be so hesitant to check them out. Thank you.
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Old February 27th, 2003, 09:50 PM   #5
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Just make sure that it's a 7200rpm drive. The 5400 will work, but the 7200 works better.
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