firepod/laptop setup with an external firewire HD?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by asianbob, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. asianbob

    asianbob Guest

    i'm going to be using a presonus firepod with a laptop, 1400 MHz processor, 260,000 KB RAM, and i'll be working with the version of cubase that comes standard with the firepod. the laptop only has one firewire port (which the firepod will be connected to), the firepod has two, one of which will obviously go to the computer. a few questions:

    can the other firewire port on the firepod go to an external firewire hard drive (or perhaps another computer with firewire ports)?

    if it were possible to connect to another computer, would it be possible to use the second computer's hard drive to store and even work on projects after recording them on them on the laptop?

    if i did this, would the hardware drivers have to be installed on the second computer as well as on the laptop? or could i just have the drivers and the hardware installed on the laptop to record on its hardrive, then transfer projects to the other machine to work on them. my problem is the drivers for the firepod only work with windows XP and i'm stuck with 2000 on the second computer to which i'd be trying to connect the laptop.

    if i couldn't transfer projects as i've described, might i be able to transfer them directly from my laptop's firewire to the other computer; just unplug the firepod from the laptop and connect straight up to the second computer? this would be so i could store several projects and have them available to work on (on the second computer), but still be able to record stuff (on the laptop).

    i'm not sure if these are foolish questions, but i'm still getting the hang of this stuff with computers and firewire and everything. any help on any of these questions would be awesome. cheers.
  2. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    I would think about getting some more RAM ... 512M is pretty necessary for audio processing.

    The second computer idea sounds to me like trouble. I don't know anything about that, but I would suggest some other things first. Do you have an open pcmcia slot? If so, get a firewire card so you've got available ports. The cards are cheap, and must make sure you get one with a chipset that is supported by your Firepod. Then, get an external firewire hard drive to store your audio files. There are some good choices from LaCie, RocStor and Glyph. Make sure you get 7200rpm, an 8mb buffer and the Oxford 911 chipset on the drive.

    If you don't have an open pcmcia port, try plugging the drive into the extra port on the Firepod. This works for some people, but not for others. If you're one of the unlucky ones, you can get a USB 2.0 external drive that should work pretty well for you, too, but this would be my second option behind firewire.

    Hope that helps!
  3. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest


    hey all...

    do you think the buffer amount for the FW HD is critical? I bought a Fantom FW 120GB HD, which does have the Oxford 911, 7200rpm, but only 2MB cache. its broken into 3, 40GB partitions. PRO TOOLS HATES THIS DRIVE...

    do ya think this drive is broken? are the partitions too large? is the 2MB buffer killin it? much appreciated...
  4. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    BTW...when i say it hates it, i mean i keep getting the "drive isnt fast enough/may be fragmented" error message. Also getting some buffer "overrun" messages, which are new to me...
    the powerbook is optimized too.
  5. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    Correct me if I'm wrong but 'cache' and 'buffer' are the same. So "buffer underrun" sounds like the 2mb cache/buffer may be your problem. I had a WD external drive with 2mb buffer that did not work at all. I got a LaCie with 8mb buffer and it flies.
  6. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest


    well, i put in a request with the seller to have it returned. though, some people in the DUC said that I shouldnt partition it at all, and that I should be fine. it has the Oxford911, 7200, just the 2mb cache...
    well, Ill wipe it i guess...or just return it. I dont know. kind of a bummer, since its sweet looking, HUGE, and above all, virtually silent. The Lacie's are so overpriced...but, i guess worth it.
  7. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    Check this link, just one of many places selling this drive in this price range:

    I don't really think they're overpriced. In fact, they're about the same price as Western Digital or Maxtor of the same size, but the LaCie's are specifically designed for audio/video. In my experience, this makes a difference.
  8. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    well, there ya go...
    i got my fantom 120 gb for $100
  9. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    It's only a better deal if it works!

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