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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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I have a Mac Pro and all the internal drives are used up. I am about to start editing a project and I'm working if I should buy USB drives or a firewire hub and use external firewire drives?

I am buying 1TB Setgates.

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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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I don't know Macs, but could you buy an eSATA card and use eSATA drives? If so, that would be much faster/better.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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you think it would be ok to capture the footage to usb drives for now and then later transfer everything to eSATA drives when editing?
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:30 PM   #4
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Well first off I wouldn't be buying Seagate drives. I've seen way too many fail to let you! USB isn't fast enough. You need at least FireWire 400 with a 7200 rpm drive. Because you have a Mac Pro, you can easily get an eSATA card (or even a RAID controller) and plug your drives in that way. If you are editing really big files (like RED 4k) look into getting an SAS enclosure, like the Editbox 8ML and a RocketRaid or CalDigit controller card.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 11:59 AM   #5
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I went ahead and got a sATA PCI express card (2 x sATA) and a black widow external sATA dual drive dock and 2 Seagate 1TB barracudas. Seems to be working fine.
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