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External Hard Drive usb3/fw/etc?

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by vaporpark, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. vaporpark

    vaporpark New Member

    I am trying get my head around storage for my Mac Mini steup. ,I understand the 4 drive concept (internal~osx, recording, samples and storage), but what about types? For recording I understand firewire would be best. Would usb 3 be ok for samples and backup?

    My Mac mini: 2.6/i7 quad core with fusion drive

    Any input appreciated and/or drive brand recommendations.

  3. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

    Use all FW800, in a chain, one to the next, etc. Make sure your drives have both FW in and out (2 ports each) Don't use USB. And make sure your drives are 7200 rpm NOT 5400.
  4. vaporpark

    vaporpark New Member

  5. EastWest Lurker

    EastWest Lurker Senior member

    Apparently USB 3 is a different beast than USB 2, not only faster than it but faster then eSATA or Firewire 800.

    I have been using FW drives daisy chained as George suggested o you but I think in the near future I will be swapping them out for SSDs in USB 3 cases.

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