What's the best external harddrive for video editing?
Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:28 AM
Anyway I was wondering what you editors out there would recommend. I've been looking into buying an eSATA adapter and hard drive but a friend told me its about the same speed as firewire 400. What about an 800 speed drive?
Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:10 AM
Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:03 AM
..and if you really want to find out if you're hitting the upper limits of Firewire 400, you can see exactly how much data is being transferred by following these steps:
- Open your Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities - or just use Spotlight to find it).
- Type the command "iostat -w1 -d", and let it run in the background while you're editing.
The column you'll be most interested in is the right-most "MB/s" for your external disk (e.g., disk1). Firewire 400 can theoretically transfer 400Mbits/s, which translates to roughly 50MBytes/s. Look back and see if you ever came close to that maximum transfer rate - my guess would be "no".
If you do eventually decide to try another external HD, I would personally try to find one without any of the bells & whistles found on the WD MyBook, as they will only slow things down in most cases.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:52 AM
Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:32 PM
while I do have a LaCie external drive as well, I would stay away from them.
I've read all those Apple.com reviews too. Guess I got lucky
Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:19 PM
Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:34 PM