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ipod as external drive

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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

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Ravikash Fri, 12/14/2007 - 22:59
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.

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bent Sat, 12/15/2007 - 20:40
In my opinion the best thing to do is use your internal drive to reocrd onto,

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.
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hueseph Sat, 12/08/2007 - 21:34
[quote=tomtom8p]i have been told not to get an external HD for recording onto because it puts to much stress or something on the internal one. /quote]

Are you sure you didn't get the wrong message? DO get an external drive because recording to your system drive is a no no. Now if you are using a desktop you can just get another drive. Laptop: ok get an external.

As far as using your ipod. That just sounds ludicrous.

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Cucco Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:52
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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