USB powdered drives for Scratch Disks?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bluap84, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. bluap84 macrumors 6502

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    would this be advisabled? I am currently using a WD passport SE which seems to be ok. Just wondering if they can take a beating? Id rather use usb powered as im limited on plug sockets where my desk is...

    I am using it 50/50 atm mainly just data. But i want to format it ready for a scratch disk.

    Also would buying a longer usb cable, effect the data transfer? (stupid question, but i thought i would ask) id like to stick them to the under neath of my desk to give the minimal look :D

    sorry about all my questions about external drives and scratch disks etc. But you will be glad to know im going for the G-Tech external firewire option, for data storage.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Scratch disk should be fast. I'd at least go firewire instead of USB and maybe even SSD instead of HDD.
     
  3. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ahhh ok maybe so how about this?

    data drive id use this or this one?

    scratch disk - if SSD is tooooooo expensive for what i will need it for - got any suggestions?

    and time machine use this

    could work out £$£$£$ but hey...its a hobbie too
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Scratch disk for downloads, photography, video, or multi-stream 1080p video?

    You should look into firewire.
     
  5. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well i use Illustrator / photoshop / premiere

    but i only have one firewire port. i was thinking of using that for the larger external drive. No?

    scratch will be for:

    gopro footage so 720 /1080p - photography - graphics.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Firewire can be daisy-chained, that's why good FW HDDs or enclosures have two FW ports.

    http://www.larryjordan.biz/articles/lj_firewire.html

    Btw, you use the verb "powdered" in your thread title.

    To edit your thread title, just click on the [​IMG] button on the bottom right of your original post and then click the "Go Advanced" button below your message.
     
  7. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh my bad about the verb...

    I didnt know about the daisy chaining, hmmm learn something new every day. Thanks man! That helps
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Not sure what generation you have, but OWC also provides a service to run an eSATA for most recent iMac. (But I would just replace it something with Thunderbolt instead).

    Otherwise firewire enclosure with dual 7200rpm drives should max out firewire speed, with no slow down as you fill it out.

    If you do not need it to be portable then get the large drives such as
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/RAID/

    But keep in mind to backup your data when you use the speedy striped raid.
     
  9. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have the latest iMac.

    Thanks I'll look into the daisy chain option that sounds interesting
     

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