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i have read a lot of threads here and the manualfor partitioning disks, all the benefits of esata...

 

it got me thinking (i do own an esata setup with seagate freeagent external hd, but am not happy with the performance, read my other post in this forum)....

 

i sold my ff800 and got the audiofire4.

 

the thing is ff800 was too big for my needs. i dont need a recording interface et alone 4 mic preamps...

 

so i was thinking all this optimization hype is meant for users that tend to record a lot of stuff?

That is the reason to use Esata instead of just plugging an external HD to fw800 port?

i know mbp has the same firewire hub for 800 and 400 protocol. but if i use external HD for loading and playing samples, not for simultaneous recording, i could manage without the esata right?

 

i guess my question is would i be expiriencing great legs and troubles while playing back, and managing samples, recording midi, producing, maybe some guitar recording here and there with this setup:

 

mbp 2,4

external HD through fw800

audiofire4 through fw400

 

thanks

best,matt

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Sometimes it depends on the interface drivers. I remember that M-Audio interfaces don't like to share firewire busses. So sometimes you have to find out after the fact.

True!, i've experienced this myself, i ended up buying an ExpressCard for my MBP...Now i'm happy with it...

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hmmm

 

 

which ext HD are you using with esata.

i have to say i am not very satisfied with my seagate freeagent...

it haults, stops when copying, i dont know what is wrong...

 

i was thinking getting an external fw800 along the audiofire, but am not sure if that also means any loss in throughput for the audio interface?

But then again is the loss really that significant with 2 in 2 out use of the interface?

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found the problem...

 

 

its the seagate freeAgent Pro, that clogs the throughput with esata somehow...

works great with usb and fw.

 

i would advise against buying it for use with Esata protocol, although it says it supports it.

 

so i am left with 2 choices.

1. try the mybook western digital everybody likes so much, and come very cheap.

2. put a 7200.11 disc in a case with esata port on.

 

any suggestions?

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Get this:

 

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW924AL1K/

 

and then buy one of these to stick in it:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148298

 

Run it on the FW800 bus, and you won't have any problems. All for under $250.

 

 

found the problem...

 

 

its the seagate freeAgent Pro, that clogs the throughput with esata somehow...

works great with usb and fw.

 

i would advise against buying it for use with Esata protocol, although it says it supports it.

 

so i am left with 2 choices.

1. try the mybook western digital everybody likes so much, and come very cheap.

2. put a 7200.11 disc in a case with esata port on.

 

any suggestions?

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