Another external drive question.............

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Nigel Arnold
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Well, its been ages since i've been around here but it's interesting to be back. Here's my scenario.

My ageing dedicated editing machine has finally lost the will to live. I have a new Dell family pc that is far higher spec'd than the editing machine was so I can't see the point in building another dedicated editing machine for the modest amount of video work that I do. I think the way forward is to put the video drive from the old machine into an external firewire enclosure and do the editing on the Dell. Its only got 1 screen but I guess i'll have to get used to that as I dont want clutter up the desk too much.

Has anybody got any views on which way to go for the external enclosure? I have had a good look through this forum but am as yet, undecided.

Thanks in advance
Nige

mooblie
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In order of preference:

- internal on ATA bus - best (cheapest and best performance)

- external FireWire - (best external) if your PC doesn't have a FireWire port, remember a PCI card costs about £7. This same card also allows your new PC to capture more video from the camera in future, of course.

- external USB (1 or 2) - no, no, no, no, no. Not for video anyway.

Regarding external enclosures - make sure you get a recent one without a 120GB upper drive size limit - your current old video drive may not be >120GB, but in the future, you won't want to be limited to 120GB drives.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Nigel Arnold
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Thanks for the reply mooblie.

Didn't want to go internal as I want to keep noise to a minimum, currently the pc is almost silent and is left on all day. The amount of editing I do would not warrant the extra noise created by the drive being permanently fitted.

Already have firewire card in the pc so that is the way I was looking to go.

Thanks for the tip on the 120GB limit, the video drive I have is 160GB - would have been gutted if I was unable to utilise it all.

Any posts (+ or -) about peoples personal experiences with particular external firewire enclosures would be much appreciated.

Nige

mooblie
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I have some dual drive FW cases from Span, although you can find cheaper cases on the dreaded eBay.

Also look out for whether the case is fan cooled or not - noiser, but less likely to overheat. I found that my WD 250GB drives in a non-fan-cooled case shut down after about half an hour due to overheating. They were quite alright when they had cooled down and started up again, but unnerving at the time!

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

harlequin
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good case : datavision ( ads technologies ) firewire enclosure

bad case : icybox ( if you use firewire , beware of hard drives dying )
http://forums.dvdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=36018&page=2

Gary MacKenzie

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Michael Wade
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Can't seem to track down the Ads firewire enclosure. No reply to my email to adstech.com.
Anyone know where it can be found and purchased ? Gary ?

harlequin
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I got mine from ads technologies , direct , they advertised in computer video mag.
They are going to video forum this year ....... so must still be trading.

They still sell them in USA , but i can't find any in stock in the UK.

Gary MacKenzie

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Michael Wade
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Just had this reply from Ads Technologies:
'Unfortunately, we no longer produce Firewire Hard Drive Enclosures'
Anyone using the one sold at metadatashop.com ?

Michael Wade
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Oops, sorry, that should be megadatashop.com