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External harddrives?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by G1OSE, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. G1OSE

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    ok quick question if i was to buy a laptop with usb 1.1 and plug into it an external hard drive to run dvd's of as in laptop screen and dvd player type set up but instead of dvd player a harddrive with dvd recorded to will it play smoothly or jumpy also can a laptop power the drive the laptop has usb1.1 and pcmcia slot if that makes any better connection

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  2. Synchro

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    In english? Thats all one sentence for *$%£&£%^&'s sake!

    I tried to get my head around it but failed :(
     
  3. G1OSE

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    Ok quick question, if i was to buy a laptop with usb 1.1 and plug into it an external hard drive to run dvd's, as in laptop screen and dvd player type set up but instead of dvd player a hard drive with dvd recorded to it, will it play smoothly or jumpy. Also can a laptop power the drive? The laptop has usb1.1 and pcmcia slot if that makes any better connection

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  4. KraGorn

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    In theory USB 1.1 can transfer at 12Mb/sec, which is somewhat more than the 1x speed of a DVD so you should be okay.
     
  5. G1OSE

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    so if i dont actually run a dvd but instead a dvd that i have stored on a hard drive or even like some crappy video that i have made and stored on the hard drive it should not be jerky is that right?
    reason im asking is it could be a costly move if wrong

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    Also does it make any difference if i try and power the drive from the usb or would it be better on mains?

    cheers
     
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    I doubt you'll get an external hard disk powered from the USB port, I've certainly never seen one.

    As for how it'll perform, I can only go on the transfer rate of the USB 1.1 port and the fact that 1x DVD speed is something between 1 and 2 Mb/sec, I've never tried playing off a hard disk on USB 1.1, only ever used 2.0.
     
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    There are usb powered drives out there, the freecom fhd2-pro (or something like that) for example.
    However in my recent quest for one the few that were usb powered tended to be USB2 and not compatible with usb1.1.

    Still you may find one out there
     
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    i have got a 40gb usb 1.1\2 drive thats pulls power from usb but it does have 2 usb connections for when you are hammering the disk.
    the video will play back fine i think dvd is processed at 4.8 mbps

    I have just tested and it ran without a problem but my desktop is a 2.2 with 1gb of ram
     
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    Have you considered a firewire card for your laptop? I use independently powered external drives connected to the firewire port of my desktop and they produce seamless playback on PowerDVD 5.

    Tony M
     
  10. G1OSE

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    well i think the firewire option for the laptop would be very costly so no

    as to the usb drive using 2 usb ports is that all the time and if run from one how does it perform also was that on a desktop or laptop that it used 2 mine will have 2 ports and dont mind using both if needs be
    could you please give me the model and price or link to the usb drive you have thanks
     
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    If you're looking for decent external drives,the Maxtor ones are fine.....I have a couple of these,incl a 300Gb drive.

    What I would recommend though is getting a Firewire or USB2 card for your laptop,as USB1 is way too slow for video,and stuttering/pausing was common when I tried that on mine.

    Firewire card for a PCMCIA/Cardbus equipped laptop...about £25-35.
     
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    Hi,

    Out of interest, what external hard drives would you guys recommend? I have a big one in mind!!!!!!!!!!300Gb

    regards

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    I have just got a Maxtor 250gb £136inc VAT from EBuyer, I believe they have a 300gb version also. This works well for me, but I use it from a desktop so can't compare with laptop. It runs from USB2 or firewire.
     
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    I build my own . The external cases come in a variety of types and even styles. Use a normal internal HD of whatever size you wish.
     
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    I have the 300Gb one here....nicely made,very quiet,and works without any fuss,and used both on my desktop and laptop via a Firewire Cardbus card....recommended.
     

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