Can I Split my 1 FW to 2?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rocknpop, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. rocknpop macrumors member

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    Is it possible to use a divice like a Belkin FireWire 6-Port Hub and not run into any CPU consumption issues or slow downs?

    My concern is that I am recording with Pro Tools LE 8 on a MB403LL/A (2.4Ghz 13.3" early '08) and I have a FW external HD OWC 320 7200rpm and I NEED to use it.
    I also have a USB interface that allegedly consumes much CPU and would be better if ran via FW.
    BUT! I only have 1 FW port....

    Any and all help is appreciated guys.
    thanks!
     
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020

    brad.c

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    If your external HD enclosure has two 6-pin fw ports, you should be able to daisy chain without a separate hub.
     
  3. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand now why I have two FW's thanks....

    Does it slow the computer down? What is the technical effect on the :apple:?

    Thanks!
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It won't slow your computer down, no. It will slow down transfer speeds if you try to use both devices at once, but otherwise it shouldn't adversely affect you.
     

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