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  1. ColdKilla

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    I have a laptop which I am confident can run 720p HD but the problem is it doesn't have adequate hard drive space - Is there such a thing as an external hard drive I can attach to my sony laptop that will increase the capacity but retain the transfer rates so I dont get a bottleneck with the data through to the pc?

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    You can get a USB2 hard drive enclosure, and stick a 7200RPM PC hard drive in there...Enclosure around £20-30, 200GB Hard Drive around £70...or you can just get an external usb hard drive from western digital or maxtor..

    Western Digital

    2nd one from bottom should do...

    Maxtor

    3rd from from top
     
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    USB2 Transfer rates are adequate for HD?

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    yes...
     
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    Which Sony do you have? a lot of them come with FW interfaces these days, which would certainly do the job... I'm not sure on USB TBH..

    If USB isn't suitable, you can always get a FW PCMCIA card for about £30 (and that's PC world prices, so should be much cheaper..)
     
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    If oyu want Firewire best option is a Lacie Drive...there supppost to be fast and reliable, it's what the pro's use for editing/storage...
     
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    Not sure re firewire it is a PCG-GRT715M P4 2.8 Ghz??

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    not sure on that one myself...

    have a look in device manager for an IIE1394 bus host controller



    Is there one there?
     
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    Yep got that!

    So I have firewire and I never even knew it???

    How do I connect a firewire drive then do I need other bits?

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    well... it 's supported on the Mboard, just a case of if the connector is there now..
    there should one I'd guess...


    It looks much like a B and is about 5mm in size.... that's a 4pin FW connector.

    If you've got one of these, you're in business.
    Most FW drives come with both full-size and mini FW cables, so you can just plug straight in. :thumbsup:
     
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    For the Western Digital WDXB2500JBRNU Dual Option 250GB External Firewire/USB 2.0 Hard Drive

    1394a
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (1394a) 400 Mbits/s (Max)

    USB 2.0
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mbits/s (Max)

    So maybe USB2 is better?

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    Yeah sony call firewire iLink and I do have a little B on the side! But based on the above maybe USB2 would be better?

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    well... it 's supported on the Mboard, just a case of if the connector is there now..
    there should one I'd guess...


    It looks much like a B and is about 5mm in size.... that's a 4pin FW connector.

    If you've got one of these, you're in business.
    Most FW drives come with both full-size and mini FW cables, so you can just plug straight in. :thumbsup:
     
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    FireWire800 is fastest ;)
     
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    And is there such a thing as a firewire 800 drive (if that is what it is called) and if so where do I get one of them?
     
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    You're much better with FW..
    With FW you really do get that throughput, with USB the 480 figure is mostly imaginary... ;)


    Most External drives such as the WD's, and the Maxtor One-Touch, come with both interfaces anyway, so give both a go and see which you prefer...

    - I know the answer already from doing so myself...

    I have 6 of the maxtor 300GB drives now, they're cheap enough.. and almost indestructible in my 'gravity based' resilience tests so far :rolleyes:
    1 goes everywhere with me in the laptop case, one lives in my car serving up MP3's... 4 attached to my HTPC serving up all my music/DVDs.

    I'd be lost without them in all honesty... I can't imagine having to 'install' hard drives these days....getting lazy in my old age...:D
     
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    I wonder if I need to spend the extra on a firewire 800 drive or whether USB2 will cut it?

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    forget about FW800, you'd need a FW800 add-in card for that..

    FW is MILES better bet than USB2.... trust me on that one. ;)

    FW800 is really just a joke played on the unwary buyer by hardware manufacturers.... I can't think of any real world situation where you'd need anywhere near that level of throughput..

    You only need 25mbps for a HD movie.... just how many are you planning on watching at once? :D
     
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    Lacie make some excellent firewire 800 drives - their triple interface (usb 2, firewire 400 & 800) ones are superb.

    Supposedly despite USB 2 having a theoretical faster transfer rate than firewire 400 you'll get a better transfer speed with firewire and it's less processor intensive. Most of the folks I know doing video and 3d work use firewire over usb.
     
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    I'd say betwen those two the maxtor looks the better option, but only because I have more faith in maxtor HDs than WD...

    Apart from that. they're virtually identical.... flip a coin maybe? :D




    - arrgghhhh.... I've just noticed the 300GB 'network drive'... and I thought my upgradeitis was just a painful memory...:rolleyes: :D :devil: :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah i've just noticed that. Good price too - cheaper than the Lacie network drives (have a250gb one here) and cheaper than the 1TB Buffalo network drive we've just taken delivery of... very tempting :devil:
     
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    One on order :)

    Cheers guys!

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