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#1 Jeremy Drake

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:20 PM

Including esata card and harddrive.

Is esata really worth it? Or should I just go for a firewire 800?
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 12:42 AM

Including esata card and harddrive.

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


This depends what you're doing. I have a 15" 2.6ghz MBP w/4gb RAM and recently cut a piece shot on HD, 720p, and all of the source footage was copied to a 10-drive RAID with eSATA. After much research I purchased the Sonnet Tempo eSATA Express 34 card. I never experienced any problems with this configuration and performed especially well in Final Cut. It adds two ports which can use up to a 10-drive RAID, it was then the best on the market for about $100+. This ~6 months ago. Since then, all of the external drives I've built (I buy my hard drives and build into enclosures so I can choose exactly what drive I'm using - usually either Hitachi or Seagate enterprise quality drives) have ports to eSATA when I'm cutting HD+ for the speed benefits and Firewire 800 for all other uses.

Hope this helps. Best.
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#3 Jeremy Drake

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

Can you point out any good tutorials on how to build an external hd

and what websites provide some quality enclosures and hard drives.
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