External HD for video: Opinions

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  1. benwa02 macrumors 6502

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    I am planning on buying a external HD and at tigerdirect.com there are only a couple with FW800. The one I am thinking about buying has 2MB Buffer memory. I am not too sure what that does but I have seen in other posts people talking about that part of a hard drive.

    Will the whole 2MB thing suck for video editing? Also any opinions on this drive brand?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1121801

    This was the one I was originally planning on buying but it does not have FW800

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1112201&Tab=11&NoMapp=0

    Thanks.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Well, 16 Mb cache is better than 8 Mb cache is better than 2 Mb cache.

    iomega tech support sucks, bigtime. Maxtor tech support doesn't suck as bad, but if the case fails, they don't allow you to remove the mechanism to recover your data -- you either have to lose your data or lose you warranty.

    Instead of these, I would get a MacAlly Firewire 800 case (or an OWC Mercury FW800 case) and install my own Seagate Barracuda (8 Mb cache) or Maxtor MaxLine III (16 Mb cache) IDE drive. Both of these drives have 5 year warranties. (instead of 12 freakin' months)

    If I have more money to spend, I would get a Firmtek external SATA dual-drive enclosure and a SATA PCI card. That way you can swap drives in and out of the the box, and have 2 full-speed data drives online at any one time.
     
  3. benwa02 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what do those numbers do?

    $250 is my limit and i want atleast 250GB
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The cache is some memory on the hard drive controller board that 'buffers' your most recent reads and writes. This improves the effective speed of the drive*, and in general allows it to respond faster to the Mac. More cache is better.


    *The effect of having a large cache will vary depending on how your program utilizes the hard drive.

    These are rough prices, in US$
    MacAlly or OWC FW800 case $109
    Seagate Barracude 300 Gb (8Mb) drive $150
    Seagate Barracude 250 Gb (8Mb) drive $115
     
  5. benwa02 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. benwa02 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That enclosure also doesnt support FW800.

    I am thinking about the Seagate but I think i may go with the HD in my newest post with 16mb cache.

    Will that hard drive and enclosure work fine & do I need any additional parts to put these two together???
     

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