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Benefits of External HD??

Discussion in 'Recording' started by eonblue, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. eonblue

    eonblue Guest

    I was just wondering why everyone seems to use an external HD. Isn't the performance much better using an internal?

  2. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Externals have so many advantages its hard to know where to start...

    - Portability: entire projects can be easily moved from one location to the other without complex FTP/networking issues...
    - Cost: these days FW/USB2 drives are cheap...so why not use them?
    - Ease: You can change hard drives without having to open the CPU...instant backups as well.
    - Reliable: External drives from better makers (Maxtor, et al) are just as reliable, if not more so, than cheaper internal drives...

    (My only gripe is I wish they would decide on a standardized power supply, and stick to it...)

    FWIW: My main PC has 2 internal drives, one dedicated to just audio...I use it as the primary drive for big projects. I also have several USB2/FW drives I use for smaller projects (<40 tracks) and (IMPORTANT!!!) for backup.
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I, too, default to my dedicated Internal SATA drive for ALL projects, as internal with a direct Southbrigde connection will ALWAYS be faster and more efficient than a Firewire drive. Also - the Southbridge SATA connection bypasses the PCI bus, where as Firewire will tie up a certain amount of PCI bandwidth. This is important if you rely heavily on massive low-latency I/O counts.

    I use my external FW drives (home built w/911 chipsets - MUCH cheaper than buying a pre-assembled ones) for backups, and transportability between my tracking PC and my mixing PC. It is a bit loud to keep on while tracking OR mixing (I want reliability over quietness here) - but since I only copy to/from it, this is NO issue...

    If you get an external HD with a crappy Power Supply, I'd highly recommend upgrading it. I picked up a 5Amp 12v switching PS (a mid-cord "brick" - not a "wall wart") for like $20. Very reliable so far, and it works with multiple enclosures, too!

  4. eonblue

    eonblue Guest


    I appreciate the help guys

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