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Old 03-10-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I want to expand my system by a new external AV storage disk (and it can be transfering video data when editing) which is 2 TB big. Which brands and models do you offer?

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Old 03-11-2010, 02:46 AM   #2
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Western Digital or Seagate HDD's (enterprise models) are preferred and at a minimum a eSata connection would suffice as this has the same speeds etc as internal Sata.

For higher budget solutions a raid is recommended.
With NAS solution you can easily get in to through put problems when editing HD and multilayers.

What to choose depends more on the budget and availability of choice in your part of the world.

p.s. where I live eSata is something alien so i use 'hot swap' bays and bare naked sata drives, as useful as external solutions at a fraction of the price, it just takes a reboot to swap drives, or when a raidcard with hotswap capability is used it can be swapped in a couple of seconds.
This way you are not limited by the size of the external enclosure, just install hotswap bays on all Edit stations you own and freely swap drives, no additional investment in caddies ect.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:55 PM   #3
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anyone using the blacx dock which is esata and usb2 compabitble. I think it delivers 1.5 gig/s through esata port
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Originally Posted by trillium View Post
anyone using the blacx dock which is esata and usb2 compabitble. I think it delivers 1.5 gig/s through esata port
I have one for my laptop. Works quite nicely.
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I have been on-travel so much the last year that I have had to do much of my editing on a laptop. Here is what I have found: While the powered external esata drives are wonderful for speed, I have found that they are bulky for travel and vulnerable to power surges, power outages, or simply being bumped off the table on to the floor. I have lost 4 or 5 drives this way over the last year or so.

In the 3 years that i have been using the small, USB powered drives for working with my still photos, I have not had one fail. Recently I have started using these for editing video. Now that laptop processors are getting so fast, I am able to edit with these drives, using M2T files. I can store close to 40 hours of tape on one 500G passport drive that sells for around $100

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Well, I'd suggest that you avoid letting the drives spin down constantly as this can place a lot of stress on the drive. Allowing the drive to constantly run should increase the lifespan compared to constantly spinning it up and down. See here for some information about a study Google did with regards to hard disk failures (though keep in mind that the research wasn't done on USB drives).

Beyond this, I don't think there's much you can do beyond having a good backup strategy. As a rule of thumb for myself, I make sure I always buy drives in sets of two: one for normal use, and the other as a backup of the first...
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The trouble with letting USB drives constantly run is that many enclosures are not properly ventilated for constant use.

A long while back I was told by a guy who worked in storage that drives needed "rest time" for the lubricating elements to resettle.
Then again, around the same time I was told by a different guy who worked in storage that it was better to keep the drives spinning as the motor system was less stressed.

So... I don't know. Modern drives have more power-saving modes that let them go semi-idle but not completely off.

Buying two drives at a time is a reasonable strategy, though I'd try to get two drives of different lots, to avoid potential SPOF where there's a bad batch, or closely-matched MTBF (though MTBF is a fuzzy science in itself).
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An external hard drive is an easy way to expand our PC's storage capacity as well as a simple way to backup our important data. In that many external drives uses 3.5-inch desktop drives, while many uses 2.5-inch laptop drives for greater portability. I am using Western Digital's My Book 3.0. It is a great external-storage addition for desktop computer. It is fast and is bundled with a USB 3.0 PCI Express card; it runs cool and quiet. So you should go for if you wish.
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