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Old 06-11-2009, 01:12 PM
acktopus acktopus is offline
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Default Firewire External HD will this work?

Wow, this is quite a painful learning process! I just recently upgraded to a new laptop and PT 8 with an Mbox Mini and have decided to get an external firewire drive for audio files. I've done a lot of reading in the forums and have checked the firewire requirements that Digi recommends but sadly some of the drives (Glyph etc) are just a little out of my price range.

I found this recommended by someone in another thread:


As this enclosure contains an Oxford chip I assume it will be fine to use with my Firewire 400 port but what should I be looking for when I buy a hard drive for it?

I know that it needs to be a 3.5" SATA, 7200RPM and with a seek time of under 9ms (I think!) but are there specific, reliable makes that people would recommend or does it not really matter?

It seems that this is a bus powered, fanless enclosure but are there any reasons I should maybe go for an ac powered one with a fan?

Anything else to bear in mind?

I'm not really a technical person and the whole external thing is quite new to me. I've only ever used a USB Western Digital external in the past for general backup and didn't realise the subject could get so complicated!
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:33 PM
JazzyJ JazzyJ is offline
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Default Re: Firewire External HD will this work?

If it's got the Oxford chipset it should be fine.

Also, Oyen Digital sell 2.5' Firewire Drives that are 7,200RPM


The prices are not bad.

I used this one:


with a 7,200 RPM Hitachi Drive in it and recorded an album in the north of Brazil which was well hot. The drive is not fan assisted and was totally fine.
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