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ipod as external drive

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tomtom8p, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. tomtom8p

    tomtom8p Guest

    I just got an 80 GB ipod, i have been told to get an external HD for recording onto because it puts to much stress or something on the internal one. i was planning on getting another drive but now that i have a large ipod is it even nesicary or can i just use my ipod
    thanks
     
  2. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    well, an ipod is slow. i dont know the exact speed but i just bought a 750 gigabyte hard drive for my new computer, 7200 rpm, 16 MB cache. it was only like 160 bucks. throw that in a casing and i dont see how there would be a problem?
     
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

     
  4. tomtom8p

    tomtom8p Guest

    oops lol that was a typo "not" shouldn't be there. and that's ok but why is it bad to use my ipod,
     
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Speed certainly is in question. You need a reasonably fast drive in order to avoid errors while simultaneously reading and writing to disk. Do you normally store files on your iPod other than mp3s or Mpegs?
     
  6. tomtom8p

    tomtom8p Guest

    ya i did all the time, especially when needed to transfer files from one computer to another
     
  7. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    i use my ipod for transferring files as well. it works great but i dont think it would work well for reading / writing when recording. i played a game off my ipod in the past and it would every so often freeze because it wasnt fast.
     
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Well, the only thing to do is try it. You'll find out if it's a good idea or not.
     
  9. Ravikash

    Ravikash Active Member

    In my opinion the best thing to do is use your internal drive to reocrd onto, but after reocrding transfer it to your external, that can be ipod, or external drive. There are also websites that tell you how two tweak your computer for audio reocrding. By limiting the memory on your internal, it will optimize your system. This website is a good start http://www.pcmus.com/TweakXP.htm
    but just search "audio recording tweaks" to get more info.

    The point is, its good to have your audio backed up on an external, when you want to mix something you recorded just load it back up onto your computer. So I would suggest getting an external hard drive, that way you have a dedicated source holding all your tracks. Because it really sucks when your computer crashes and you lose everything, fyi, ipods sometimes crash as well.
     
  10. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Here I go, once again parroting Hueseph...
    If by internal you mean "system drive", you are mistaken.
    You should have a dedicated, separate drive for audio.
    There are countless posts on this site that cover harddrives, look them up.
    Here's a recent one.
     
  11. Ravikash

    Ravikash Active Member

    My bad, I did mean a separate internal drive, as in not the same one you have windows on, thats the best thing. I just picking internal, because, you can usually only get a direct SATA connection with an internal drive.
     
  12. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    FWIW, I record to external drives all the time. Using USB 2.0, Firewire or eSATA and never have an issue. In a pinch (all hard drives are full- happened only once) I've recorded to my system drive. It was only a few tracks and I won't do it again. It was slow and choppy and seemed to be begging for a crash.

    Using the iPod as a recording drive...not a great idea. They are only optimized to provide slightly better than stereo Red Book throughput and would choke if you attempt to record more than a few tracks to it.
     

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