What is the Fastest External HD setup for 15" Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gman71882, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    What would be the Quickest External Drive setup for a 15" Macbook Pro?
    This will be used for Video editing. (FCP, Imovie, After effects):

    External SATA2 HD with a Firewire 800 express card/34?
    External SATA2 HD with a eSATA express card/34 :confused:

    Some sites list the fw/800 transfer speed @ upto 800 mb/s while others list it as 80 mb/s
    sataII is supposed to be 3.0GB/s but ive found it listed as 300MB/s on some sites???? Who is correct?
    I can get a eSATA Express card from FirmteK

    lists speeds like this:
    USB2 = USB 2.0 port rated at 48MB/s
    1394a FW400 = FireWire 400 port rated at up to 40MB/s
    1394b FW800 = FireWire 800 port rated at up to 80MB/s
    SATA = SATA port rated at up to 150MB/s
    SATA2 = SATA II port rated at up to 300MB/s

    According to them Sata is the quickest: BUT does this speed transfer through with a eSATA expresscard adapter?
    Anyone with a good video editing setup with a Macbook Pro please let me know :D THANKS
    I posted this in the Video forum as well, I didnt know which would be a better place for this!
  2. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    You might find this interesting. It deals with RAID, but you can deduce much about the technology.

  3. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon

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