External Hard Drive Connection Questions???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BEEFc58, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. BEEFc58 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
    I have some questions about the connections for external hard drives. My current set up is a 1.83 Core 2 Duo Mini hooked up to a 50" Panasonic Plasma. Because I use the Mini as a media center, I have two Newertech Ministacks piggy backed to each other through USB 2 and then hooked into my Airport Extreme. The Ministacks hold my entire DVD and music libraries. I have a direct ethernet link between the Mini and the Airport extreme so that I can get on the internet with the Mini, access the info on the Ministacks though the Mini, run my network at 802.11n at 5ghz and still get a hold of the info on the Ministacks through my Macbook wirelessly.

    My question is, am I loosing anything by not having the system hooked up through Firewire directly into the Mini?

    I am starting dislike having multiple external hard drives. I would eventually like replace the Ministacks with a Drobo, as I would like to have everything backed up. I don't really run anything off the hard drives except for movies, tv shows and music though the mini. Everything works great now, but would it work better if I had a Gen 2 Drobo Firewired directly into the mini? Or would the 1st Gen Drobo work just as fine (it only has a USB2 connection)? Would I also be able to share the Gen 2 Drobo over my network (USB 2 hooked to the Airport Extreme) while having it directly hooked to the Mini by Firewire?

    What is a good example of when Firewire is almost absolutely necessary over USB2?

    Thanks for the help,

  2. BEEFc58 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
  3. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    how big are your drives now? I ask because getting a drobo to equal whatever you have may be VERY expensive and you will likely need the $199 droboshare for network connectivity
  4. BEEFc58 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
    One hard drive is 500GB and the other is 1 TB. Would I need a Drobo Share if I have an Airport Extreme? I would just plug the Drobo into the AE, like plugging the Drobo into the Drobo Share, correct?

    I was just wondering if I would get anything out of plugging the Drobo into the Mini by Firewire? Would I see my movies quicker? Would the system run faster?

    Thanks for looking!

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