Firelite 40 Gb external HDD -- Quick question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Nar1117, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    I have a firelite 40 gb external firewire harddrive that I use with my MBP. The HDD itself has two firwire ports. One is obviously to connect to the computer, but the other connection is for...?

    I do a lot of work with Camcorders, and Im hoping that this other connection is like an extra, to make up for the fact that the drive itself occupies my only firewire connection on the MBP. My camera connect to the computer via firewire, and if I need to directly transfer footage from the tape to the external, I need two firewire ports... so can i use this other port for the camera?

    Please say so if Im not being clear, its a bit tricky.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Like most Firewire hard drives, the second FW port is for daisy-chaining another device, so you should be good with the camera.

    A couple of pieces though:
    The camera FW may or may not work correctly if the Firelight drive is turned off.

    ALWAYS power down all devices before plugging and unplugging Firewire. It's advertised as hot pluggable, but there is 12V on 2 of the 6 pins. One accidental insertion backwards or cockeyed in the port can short the 12V momentarily to a data line, (it's all too easy to do esp. as the FW connections get worn and loosened) and you can fry the Mac, the Drive and the Camera. I have seen this too many times with customers. Power Down Before Plugging/Unplugging.
  3. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    Right, the other FireWire port is included to "Daisy Chain" devices.

    Good luck!
  4. Nar1117 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006

    Thanks for the help... 'preciate it.

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