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problem connecting external hard drive

Discussion in 'Recording' started by semicntrldchaos, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. hey guys i brought this question up before but i had no luck. I am using a mac g5 and i am trying to connect this external hard drive that i had laying around so i can record straight to it. I try to play my pro tools files off of the drive and it says that the drive needs to be set up for play back and record in workspace. I go into workspace in pro tools and try to change this and i get a message saying that my hard drive can not be designated as an audio playback volume because it is not a valid audio volume. My guess is that i need a real external hard drive that is either compatible or something made for recording and playing back audio? It is a western digital usb drive i believe its called my book. Well anyway thanks in advance guys!
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Because it is a USB drive, whether 1.0 or 2.0, it can only stream a single stereo track at a time and so cannot be designated as an audio drive. If you can find yourself a cheap firewire enclosure (usually between $30-$130) that should fix your problem. There shouldn't be any issue with the actual hard drive itself so long as it is a reasonably fast drive.
  3. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    USB 2.0 can only sustain short bursts at high throughput.
    Firewire still has a higher sustained throughput than USB 2.0. That is why it is impossible to find a USB interface that supports more than two simultaneous tracks at a time. Think I'm wrong? Prove it. I will back down, given the evidence.
  5. thanks allot guys any more opinions on specific drives that people have? I really need something soon im dying to record an don't wanna screw up my system drive! But i want to get something that people use and can recommend. I am looking to spend between 200-500. Thanks guys and make sure they are opinions that are backed by experience.

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