Mark Henning wrote:
i want to get an external firewire drive for live performances...
what are your experiences (bad & good) of using firewire hard drives live.... is it worth spending more and getting an audio specific one like a glyph?
if you haven't got time to answer all that then just saying which one you use (and if you're happy with it) would be nice
any help would be much appreciated...
you can build a firewire drive yourself for MUCH cheaper than what glyph or almost any other company will sell you, and most likely have a better solution to boot. take any firewire enclosure with an oxford 911 chipset (this is very important as the chipset will determine the ultimate performace of your drive) and couple it with a drive with at least 7200rpm, and you'll be set.
i wanted maximum performance, but also a very quiet setup. western digitals are known to have some of the best performance, but they are loud as hell. my desktop machine has 2 western digital drives and i can't believe how annoying loud they are, even while in idle mode.
i opted for a maxtor 200gb 7200rpm 8meg cache drive. the benefit of these drives is that they use fluid dynamic bearing motors, which significantly lower the noise of the drives. this is the same technology used in the ultra quiet seagate barracuda drives.
you can find more info about the drives here
http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/ata/r ... /index.htm
for my enclosure, i went with a speedzter 3. it supports usb 2.0 along with firewire, for the best flexibility in connectivity. the beauty of this one is that the case is entirely made of aluminum, which allows for greater heat dissipation. also, the power supply is located outside of the enclosure, so there isn't a noisy fan.
see this page for more info
so my total cost was
$150 for the 200 gb drive
$100 for the enclosure
$250 total. i think that's a pretty good price. shop around for some of the premade solutions and you'll probably see them costing at least $50 more. some are probably even over $100 more.
i've been using this setup for about a month and am really happy with it. good luck!