Firewire 400 External HD fast enough?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rdhmario3suit, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. rdhmario3suit macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Alright, so for FCP 5.1 if I got an enclosure for an IDE drive 3.5" 7200rpm, that goes through Firewire 400, is that enough? Or do I need to find Firewire 800? I can't find a FW 800 solution for a reasonable price. If anyone knows of an FW enclosure at less than about $45 I'd love to hear about it.

  2. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Compare the write speed of the disk you have to the sustained write speed of FW 400. Many drives can't quite keep up with FW400 if I'm not mistaken. So there may be no reason to go for FW800.
  3. topgun072003 macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you're doing crazy uncompressed HD then no. But if you're not really doing insano stuff, then FW400 can handle the job. To get the full speed of the FW800 you'd have to be in a RAID array anyway. Which is how you do uncompressed HD.
  4. rdhmario3suit thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Nice. Yea I'm just doing Mini DV work so I should be ok I guess.

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