which drive?

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gethinc
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I have 200-£250 to spend on an eide drive. I would welcome any opinions on the likely contendors (I was looking at the maxtor/IBM 7,200 20gbish drives). And where would be a good place to get 'em.

Ta,

Geth.

Unicorn
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Personally I wouldn't bother with the 7200 rpm drives unless you have some really serious datarate requirements (i.e. low-compression analog editing rather than DV). Otherwise the 5400 rpm drives will work just as well for video editing and you'll appreciate the extra 2-3 GB you'll get for the same money.

P4-3.06/2GB RAM/2500GB IDE/SATA. Avid Media Composer, Liquid Edition, Premiere 6, Lightwave, Vue 6, eyeon Fusion 5. DV and HDV editing/compositing.

Alan Roberts at work
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Agreed, the IBM 25G is "only" 5400 rpm but I get reports of 18.9 to 19.4 Mb/s on capture via DV (MotoDV card). It never drops a frame and the light on the front actually goes out about twice a second when it's playing video out. So it's more than enough for DV.

bcrabtree
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And, of course, 5,400rpm drives are doing less work, so they run considerably cooler as a general rule (which means you won't need extra cooling), and can be expected to last longer, I guess.

Bob C

gethinc
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Cool, thanks folks - this means I have to chose between the 27.2GB Maxtor and the 25 GB IBM (which are nearly the same price).
I've heared good things about both Maxtor and IBM, so I gues theres not much in it?

Geth.
(By the way I like this new message board its miles faster,slicker better. Nice).

Adamb
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Joined: Mar 26 1999

I put a 27G Maxtor in my machine a couple of weeks ago without any problems. So would therefore recommend it.

Dabs Direct were giving the best price at the time.

AdamB