2 WD My Book Studio Drives

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  1. insimbi macrumors 6502

    insimbi

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    I'll be connecting 2 1TB Studio drives to my MBP. One will be for Time Machine and the other will be just data. I know Firewire 800 will be faster, so should I use that connection for the Time Machine drive or the data drive?

    How much speed difference are we talking about? :confused:

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If they both have the required Firewire connectors, why not connect both via daisy chain? FW800 is 2-3 times faster than USB 2.0.
     
  3. insimbi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good idea! Guess I forgot I could daisy chain! :) Is there a limit on how many I can daisy chain? What if I want to add a third drive?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No problem. 63 devices.

    FireWire: Frequently Asked Questions
     
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  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Also consider cable length (6 m perhaps?), I currently don't know the maximum, but when I had twelve FW HDDs connected via one bus and 12 1.5m cables, it was not really stable. Getting 30 cm cables got rid of the problems.
    But that is only if you ever get that much HDDs. I currently have a dozen external HDDs, thus cable length is important.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Some people collect string... :D
     
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    I mine data, where do you thing all those Facebook comments get stored on? You naive boy ...
     

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