Externals have 2 match 4r daisy chaining?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Keebler, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005

    I have a 400 GB G-drive and am about to buy a 500 GB...both FW800 capable.

    I have never daisy chained drives before so here is my question:

    do both drives have to be exactly the same? ie. do i need another 400 GBr? or can I chain the 400 to the 500 to make 900 GBs of space? also, let's say that I have some stuff on my 400 already...if it's ok to add the 500 and I do that, does it erase what's on the 400?

    thanks in advance. i guess you could say i'm a daisy chaining newbie :)

  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Think of the second port as a kind of "hub". It's just like a regular port on your computer, except that all the devices between the device you want to use, and your computer, have to be turned on. Ex. say you have drive 1 attached to the computer and drive 2 attached to drive 1. Drive 1 has to be turned on in order to use drive 2.

    You can use any drive in that port, or even any other firewire device, like a camera or iSight, etc. Therefore, drive size doesn't matter, and of course you can still use the 400 like normal, it's just like another port on your computer!
  3. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    the light just came on!

    Thanks itasor. so, the point of daisy chaining isn't to combine storage areas, but to free up ports on the computer? makes sense.

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