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SATA vs FW800
Old 6th February 2007
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SATA vs FW800

Hi gang,

My current setup is as follows:

Macbook Pro 2.16ghz Core Duo
MOTU Ultralight
2x Firewire drives (one for samples, one for recordings)

The MOTU and the drives are daisy chained together off the FW400 port on the Macbook Pro

This setup works ok, but I run into problems when using large sample libraries such as BFD or DFH Superior. I am considering two possible upgrades to increase sample playback performance:

Nitro AV FW800 Express Card with two FW800 drives
MOTU on the internal FW400 port
Cost: $89 plus cost of drives

Firmtek SATA Express Card with two SATA drives
MOTU on the internal FW400 port
Cost: $119 plus drives/ enclosures (enclosures are sig more expensive)

So, in brief, will the FW800 drives, in combination with removing the the MOTU to its own bus, provide the increased performance i'm looking for? Is there any real reason to go SATA over FW800 other than speed? Which would be more reliable?

I've had such good luck with firewire in the past that I hate to switch interfaces. Anyone running large sample libraries off FW800 drives on a similar setup?

Thanks for all comments/suggestions!
Old 6th February 2007
Lives for gear
🎧 15 years
sata 2 is the future. no real difference between internal and external sata. if you need more speed go sata2.o wc has some nice esata drives now. unfortunately my g5 1.8 was not compatible with any sata2 cards.
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