View Full Version : MBP Hard drive/external drive for audio

Mar 23, 2008, 02:21 PM
I have finally upgraded my recording set up from a noisy old G4 Quicksilver to a lovely new Macbook Pro.

I have ordered a 17" Hi-Res version with a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive. I have since realised that I should have gone for the 200GB 7200rpm drive but it is too late to change my order although they have said i can send the machine back when it arrives. I might do this but I'm thinking of getting an external firewire drive for audio anyway. Can anyone recommend a nice a super-quiet, reliable, portable external drive that is good for audio? I will be using a firewire audio interface too so I understand that would mean I can only have 2 Firewire 400 inputs.

So should I get the internal drive changed and get an external drive? Or should I leave it?

Mar 23, 2008, 02:29 PM
you should be using a second drive to record audio.

i record to an internal drive, but all my other drives (backup and remote recording) are OWC Mercury Elite drives (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/). they're not silent, though; i'd keep it away from the mic.

Mar 23, 2008, 06:44 PM
Are there any others that are a bit quiter? It doesn't have to be silent but as less noise as possible is high up on the list of requirements

Adrien Baker
Mar 24, 2008, 01:21 AM
These are pretty quiet enclosures. Alas, you'd have to get an Express/34 card with eSata to use them.