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06-01-2004 03:51 PM  13 years agoPost 1
icleanwater

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im running xp and im usb2 capable, wondering whats the best name out there, the internal isnt big enough for video editing... need more space, and i want it fast (7200 ) and i want it super small anyone have any opinion on which way to go?

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06-01-2004 05:37 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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External drives use the same drive as you would use internally. The only difference is, they are in a box with a USB interface, and a separate power supply.

You can buy internal 7.2k drives all the way up to 250gig. And 5.2k all the way to 300. Internals are cheaper too. You don't need to buy all the extra crap that externals need.

Internal drives are faster too. USB 2.0 has a maximum data transfer rate of 480 megabits per second. That roughly equates to 48 megabytes per second. An internal drive will run 100-133 megabytes per second in bursts. That's at least twice as fast and sometimes, even more.

Buy 4 250's, run them on an IDE RAID adapter, that makes 1 1000gig drive. I think that would cover your space needs for a while.

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06-01-2004 06:07 PM  13 years agoPost 3
icleanwater

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thanks for the info.... however (my bad) I didnt mention that this is for a Dell laptop

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06-01-2004 06:33 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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I use the WD external, it is not small and does not have an integrated power supply, and has neon disco lights on it.

What is good about it is that it runs usb or firewire and it is not expensive. Trust me, you want firewire and the WD is one of the few that has both connectors.

USB will be way too slow. I also store and transfer video (targa sequences like 900 frames at 1.3 mb each. When you are transferring video, firewire is the only way to go.

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06-01-2004 06:34 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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Also, very important that you use a powered firewire hub for your devices (drive, video camera etc.) because it is not uncommon for firewire ports in the computer to get blown when connecting. On a laptop this would be a disaster. I use the Belkin powered hub, about $50

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06-01-2004 06:46 PM  13 years agoPost 6
RalfH

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Dell laptop? Man, make sure you make a clone of the drive. Mine just died and it is such a pain to get things back to working condition....

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06-01-2004 07:03 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Spitfire_mk5

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Subtle point but 4 250 gig drives in a RAID is NOT 1000gB of usable space.


Moot point as who is going to have an external RAID array on a laptop.


That gives me an idea...

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06-02-2004 02:48 AM  13 years agoPost 8
NitroSpazzz

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Hey saw tis on the screensavers this morning. You stick a internal drive in it and it is external. Seems pretty cool to me. Crap can't find the link but I think it was like $35 for the thing and I might pick one up

Blake

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06-02-2004 02:51 AM  13 years agoPost 9
icleanwater

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Thanks Nitro............. but I dont think thats for me bradda............

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06-03-2004 09:24 AM  13 years agoPost 10
ss21k

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I use a usb2 casing I bought of eBay with a 6 gig laptop hdd in it.
You can fit whatever size hdd in it and the casing is about £40 ($70?).
Its kinda expensive but when you consider that per megabyte it is far cheaper than those usb memory sticks / thumb drives its justified.

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