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Old 12-14-2008, 02:18 PM
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With sample libraries getting ever so space consuming Im thinking of getting a big drive 500gb or 1tb drive. What is the best option running with Pro Tools 002 Rack? Whats the most efficient option? External USB 2, Firewire 400 or another internall Eide or SATA drive? Thanks.

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Old 12-14-2008, 04:38 PM
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since you have a G4 tower and have PCI slots, get either a Firewire drive and a Firewire PCI card, or a SATA card and external SATA drive. Putting a card in the PCI slot will ensure that the samples are on their own Firewire or SATA bus, meaning they have a nice, fast uncongested highway to work with. FW800 is unnecessary, and stay away from USB. Maybe someday in a pinch you would need to use that drive to record to and if it was USB it would not even be an option. Who knows, your regular audio drive might fail or something. Hopefully you are using an external drive to record to now, and not your system drive?
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:13 PM
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Thanks for the information. Thats kind of what I was thinking. I do I have a LaCie running on the FW400. Can I daisy chain off that LaCie drive or is the key to have it on its own bus?
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:29 PM
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you can daisy chain it, and it would probably be ok, but yes the point is, that for under $50 putting a Firewire PCI card into it will put the drive on it's own bus and give you better performance.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:34 PM
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So since I should add the card which is faster or more practical for PT? The FW400 or the SATA?
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:37 PM
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Neither is faster than the other, because you are dealing with a bottle neck, the drive itself. On paper SATA is faster but FW400 is plenty fast for the job.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:48 PM
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Makes sense. I know for the FW 400 uses the Oxford 911. Have a bay open so thinking of going internal with a sata setup. Anything I need to know about the sata drives? Also wanted to go as big as 1TB. Any restrictions with either option? Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:02 PM
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can you go SATA internally? I think PATA is your only option there, but if you have the bay open, even a good ATA internal drive would work great! I think with a drive dedicated to samples, you would be ok with 1TB. I would never record to a 1TB drive personally. Some people do...

I usually go with Seagate drive, personally...
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:08 PM
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Im sure I can go sata drive if I get the sata ide card. Just didnt know if there were any restrictions.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:15 PM
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not that I know of, but I still don't think it is necessary. If you have a bay open and it natively uses the ATA format, just get an ATA drive. You aren't going to see any performance differences if just using it for storing samples libraries... my 2cents...
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