Pro Tools External HD issue

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  1. music293

    music293 Active Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    So, I installed a Mbox2 Mini on a pc with vista 32bit as the OS, only to realize after I installed it that the pc doesn't have a firewire port on it for an external HD.

    Short of buying an actual pci card for the computer, is there a work around for this? I would just use a HD with USB 2.0, but that is expressly forbidden, in fact, I haven't even tried it.

    What do you guys think?

    Thank you!
  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I'd say spend the $50 or under for a good PCI card.
  3. Greener

    Greener Guest

    What's wrong with a USB 2.0 HDD?

    As long as it has its own bus you should be fine.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    PTLE needs FireWire external HDDs.

    Get a PCI or PCIe FireWire card.

    The Mbox2 Mini is a desperately disappointing product for the money. Two-channel input but only one mic pre-amp?
  5. music293

    music293 Active Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ok, so buying a pci card is an option.

    Also, just to let you know, I tried running with a usb external hd and it works just fine. Granted it was a test run, and with only two tracks of audio with some additional plug-ins, but it did work just fine. I'm not sure what the maxium track count would be though.

    Any other thoughts?

    And what the heck it s PCIe card? What's the diff?
  6. Greener

    Greener Guest

    PCI and PCIExpress. The difference is the speed of the lower end data bus, I think.
    Wiki says "A key difference between PCIe and earlier PC buses is a topology based on point-to-point serial links, rather than a shared parallel bus architecture."
    PCIe is the new thing, PCI is oldschool from the early 90's, getting onboard PCIe is well worth it.

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