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#1 Jeremy Drake

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:08 PM

Including esata card and harddrive.

Is esata really worth it? Or should I just go for a firewire 800?
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#2 Andres Pardo aka Gral Treegan

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 01:26 AM

Including esata card and harddrive.

Is esata really worth it? Or should I just go for a firewire 800?



estata is faster than firewire 800, if you have a fast hard drive with esata port you can run HD uncompressed footage with it and with a firewire 800 you cant do that.
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#3 Ross Neugeboren

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 04:51 PM

I've heard good things about Sonnet Technologies' Fusion F2, paired with their Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 or Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34. eSATA makes a significant difference in file transfer speeds (as to be expected). It also frees up the firewire bus for Audio/Video devices.
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#4 Keith Mottram

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:11 AM

estata is faster than firewire 800, if you have a fast hard drive with esata port you can run HD uncompressed footage with it and with a firewire 800 you cant do that.
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Hi this is misleading. you cannot run uncompressed HD on anything less than a decent raid. true you can raid a load of drives together via an esata connection, but not on a macbook. i have a esata card for my macbook and it is fine for accessing drives with esata ports but it is slower than firewire 800. this is a fact. esata is only faster when working with a series of drives raided and if you are going to raid a load of drives together then you will not be in the realms of portability, so raided drives should be kept to a tower system.
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#5 Keith Mottram

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:16 AM

It also frees up the firewire bus for Audio/Video devices.


this is the only real reason to use esata on a laptop.
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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:07 AM

I don't think you could do full HD even with a big RAID attached to a single SATA channel, unless it's the more recent 3Gb/sec variant. Then you probably could, if you were happy to connect your macbook to a chunky external RAID.

But I don't get it. What is it with mac laptops? Everyone buys a mac laptop because "that's what you get" and then panics about how they're going to turn it into a high performance edit bay, it's crazy.

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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:36 AM

It might be the cool factor when you're editing at a starbucks... I always get nice looks when I do that.
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Posted 16 November 2008 - 11:53 PM

But I don't get it. What is it with mac laptops? Everyone buys a mac laptop because "that's what you get" and then panics about how they're going to turn it into a high performance edit bay, it's crazy.


Not to start trouble. But the rare times I use a Windows notebook it makes me appreciate when I get back to my MacBook Pro.

I agree with you on the unrealistic expectation of turning it into an HD edit bay. Everything about a portable is a compromise, which is what makes it portable.
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