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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       07-06-2004, 1:03 PM Reply   
Is anyone using an external hard drive with a laptop for VIDEO EDITING?
I've got a new gateway laptop with only a 40gig HD. I would like to work off an external HD and i'm not sure if it will cut the mustard. Anyone doing it?

I have a spare 120gig HD to use with an external enclosure. It's 7200 rpm with a 8mb cache. But if i hook it up through firewire or usb 2 will it still work?
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-07-2004, 7:00 AM Reply   
i would definately use the firewire.
Old    Wake Geezer (thelakeisglass)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-07-2004, 7:09 AM Reply   
I don't know anything about hard drive speeds and stuff but if the HD has firewire I'd think that it must be fast enough for DV because that is what firewire was developed for. USB isn't fast enough for DV.

I use a PowerBook G4 and a Lacie 250 gig external firewire HD. When I looked into it, I was told that this is the way to go - video data on the external HD with the editing program on the internal HD. This is better than having the internal HD try to access both the program and the data because one HD has a greater chance of errors / dropped frames.
Old    Salmon Tacos (salmon_tacos)      Join Date: Jan 2003       07-07-2004, 8:12 AM Reply   
Just FYI, USB 2 is faster than Firewire (480 Mbps vs. 400 Mbps).
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-07-2004, 11:01 AM Reply   
ok. theoretically.

http://www.frozentech.com/article.php?story_id=27&section_id=11

read the posts as well.

are you editting with AVID by chance?
Old    Salmon Tacos (salmon_tacos)      Join Date: Jan 2003       07-07-2004, 2:02 PM Reply   
That's interesting. I guess if you have to buy a separate card, Firewire 800 is really the way to go. Still, you might get by with the built-in USB 2.

Either way, I love it when people get all passionate about technology like, "Firewire kicks USB's ass 'cause it's more rad!" or "Macs are so much cooler than PC. PC's are for losers!" Oh, wait...actually, I hate that.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       07-08-2004, 5:34 AM Reply   
Thanks for the....UHH... information.. I should have clarified my question. I was really asking how the performance was WORKING with the video through Firewire and USB2.

I did just pick up a HDD enclosure. http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=17-145-316&depa=0

BTW PC's kick serious ass and long live Bill Gates!

(Message edited by shutupandboard on July 08, 2004)
Old    Wake Geezer (thelakeisglass)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-08-2004, 6:01 AM Reply   
Man you are one sick puppy LOL


BTW PC's kick serious ass and long live Bill Gates!

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