Extra Firewire ports

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Grunze, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Grunze macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Hi,

    I'm going to be ordering a new iMac next week and I'm concerned about only having one FW port. I often have more than one external FW hard drive connected and a tape deck.

    Does anyone have any suggestion on how to add ports. I've found that there are very few FW hubs.. especially that have FW800 capabilities.

    I know I can connect each device to one another, however, that is not efficient when having tom eject some drives and connect other.

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can easily daisy-chain FW devices and use one port. You can still eject some devices and leave others connected that are daisy-chained.
     
  3. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Thank you for your reply, but that is clearly not the solution I am looking for.
     
  4. bolen macrumors 6502

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    Why not? It works great and it's as easy (or even easier) as using a hub.
     
  5. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    For me, I find it more more difficult. If I need to unplug the first drive in the chain and take it to a client for example, and I want to leave the other drives rendering or copying files, I can't do that, because when I disconnect the power and the FW cable from the first drive, the others will stop working. That is one of many examples.

    In any case, all I'm looking for is a hub.. but it seems that there are very few out there.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.
     
  6. bolen macrumors 6502

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    Duly noted, this one might be something? It's a bit expensive, but it seems to be a professional grade accessory:
    http://www.nitroav.com/product/113/
     
  7. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    Oh yeah!

    That looks really nice. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  8. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    Don't the drives lose speed when they are daisy chained to one another?
     
  10. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    No, that is one of the beauties of daisy chaining them. I've had three external HD's daisy chained for the past 3 years. One with my Aperture and iTunes libraries on it and don't notice any performance hits.
     
  11. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    Awesome, thank you!
     
  12. product26 macrumors 6502a

    product26

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    I have one of these on the way. Combo Firewire 800 / USB 2.0 hub. should do the trick nicely. The price is GREAT compared to most hubs that only do firewire 800.
     

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