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Old 10-24-2001, 08:16 AM
jason66213 jason66213 is offline
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Default External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

XtraFire 911 Standard- 60GB Drive-7200RPM
$ 259.00

External Hard Drive - FireWire Interface-3.5" HD
The XtraFire 911 Drive is an external hard drive that offers a low-priced,
"instant" storage solution for running applications, digital video, MP3
music, archive backups, large-capacity portable storage, classified/sensitive
data storage, or just extra disk storage. The XtraFire 911 Drive is a
"second generation" firewire storage device. Using the Oxford 911 bridge
board, the XtraFire 911 drives typically transfer data at 20-25 MB/sec -
almost twice the speed of "firest generation" devices. The XtraFire 911
Drive supports Plug & Play "Hot Swapping" through the IEEE
1394/FireWire/iLink port for instant access to your files. The drive
wieghs 4.5 lbs. and measures 7.5" x 9.5" x 2.2" and comes with an
internal power supply & power cord. Compatible with both MacOS &
Windows (Windows 98 SE, ME & Windows 2000).

i'm on a mac g4 466.......anyways do you guys think that this would do the job as far as having a second hard drive to store all my audio? any advice would be helpfull thanks. [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 10-24-2001, 09:03 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

Hey
Don't know if it's good for recording audio to but I have a 60gb firewire that I back-up to. It sounds like a good drive, however, my only advice would be to check the brand name of the drive inside. I only use IBM drives. They are the quietest and most stable that I know of. I have 4 IBM Drives and have never had a problem with them in years. I've heard nothing but good things about IBM drives and I've heard lots of goods and bads from all the other drives (maxtor, western digital, etc.) So I don't trust any drives but IBM. I have a buddy that has a computer day job and has worked with all types of drives and he will only by IBM.

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-24-2001, 09:15 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

here's a big heads up. if you are looking at firewire make sure that it is compatible with digi's doc:
www.digidesign.com/compato/firewire.html

especially if you are dealing with midi! i am fighting a midi stuck notes deal on an XP60 that seems to be the slow drive speed! it may seem cheap now but i have learned that in the long run it can cost as much as twice as much to fix the problem you might introduce. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 10-24-2001, 11:24 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

It looks like a good deal for a (60gb)drive, especially, a 7200rpm external.
I'd definitely find out who actually makes the specific drive.
However, I believe a 5400 rpm drive would suffice for back-up. I'm happy with the Seagate Barracudas (ATAIII)and have heard great things about the IBM deskstar GXP series.


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Old 10-24-2001, 03:54 PM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

Just tried out a Formac 40Gb. It was able to play back the Digi "Be There" demo, and transfer about 1Gb/minute on back-ups. Noisy fan in it, though.
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Old 10-24-2001, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

since were on harddrives, i also have a question. i bought an ibm deskstar, and put it in a 911 chipset firewire case. my drive shows up on my desktop, but i cant save a session to it as my scratch disk, it dosent show up to pick from, on both pro tools, and final cut pro.
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Old 10-25-2001, 06:58 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

I take it you mean it doesn't show as an option when you use "save session copy in...".

But all you need to do is drag your session folder to the FW drive - that should still work. And to restore a session, drag it from the FW to your audio drive, unless you can work directly with it and Pro Tools.
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Old 10-25-2001, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

So what firewire drives are actually working as actual audio drives, NOT back up drive?
Besides of course Glyph...
I have got a glyph scsi drive (pci) and a dual monitor pci card, pci bus errors are now a friend of mine. taking a drive off of my pci bus and on to my logic board will a help alot.
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Old 10-26-2001, 02:09 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

i just saw the ezquest 40 GB firewire drive on the Macmall sight for $239... and it's officially approved by digi, i think thats the route i'll be going. Is anyone using one. It seems like the most cost effective safe bet

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Old 10-30-2001, 09:32 AM
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Default Re: External Firewire Hard Drive.....how about this one......

I , as well, am curious about the Cobra FW drives that are now approved by digidesign. Has anyone used one yet? I plan on purchasing the 80 gig and recording to it. I figure its got to be better than my 5400 rpm internal. Am I correct in thinking this?
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