esata (problems?) vs. firewire 800 external drives

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  1. TimCarpenter macrumors newbie

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    I'm a photograpger with a 2.4ghz MBP. I need additional external storage for my digital files. For expandability, I've been looking at 5 bay external drive case (by AMS - Venus T5). AMS tells me that I must be using an PCI Express card running with SIL 3132 Chipset. I've looked at the Rosewille RC-605 that is running that chipset. However, when searching the forums, I'm finding numerous issues with this chipset.

    Am I on a dangerous/troublesome path? I wondering if I should just go with a dual drive case from OWC (or from AMS) that is FW800 for now. I don't really need the added speed of esata; this is primarily for image backup.

    Appreciate any insights (including and enclosure comments).
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    I think you answered your own question.

    Use Firewire.
     
  3. TimCarpenter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Firewire multibay enclosures

    any recommendations on multi-bay enclosures?
     
  4. sal macrumors 6502

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    if you are doing video work, go with esata. Reason being is that if you want to capture to an external firewire drive and you are capturing from a firewire camera/deck, you will get some dropped frames. It can't handle both streams.
     
  5. TimCarpenter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not shooting video. These external drives are mostly for storing images that I'm done working with.
     
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