Can I Split my 1 FW to 2?

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

  1. rocknpop macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    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.
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    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

    Jan 11, 2009
    I understand now why I have two FW's thanks....

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

  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    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.

Share This Page