Best hard drive for DV capture/editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by JoshuaBlue, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. JoshuaBlue

    JoshuaBlue Guest

    I am running out of space on my current two internal drives (140 gigs
    combined) and I am considering adding a hard drive.... either internal
    or external... I wanted to know what is commonly run? I have heard
    conflicting info about whether to go with internal or external.

    for external i am looking at the MAXTOR 250GB 7200RPM OneTouch
    Personal Storage External HARD DRIVE ... would this work?

    external would be much easier for me to install and deal with i think
    - i'm not sure i can even get 3 internal drives working so i would
    probably have some trouble transferring some data to the new drive...
    anyways --- is there a huge difference in performance... between
    internal and external?

    my system is running 1.8 ghz... 1.5 gig RAM... win 2000... i use vegas
    video for dv editing

    JoshuaBlue, Dec 6, 2003
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  2. I find the plug-in drive drawers very convienent for
    handling those large, multiple-file projects, both audio
    and video.
    $14 at my local dealer, and no messing around with
    external drive cost and aggravation. Uses your current
    drives (or whatever is most cost-effective at the time.)
    Richard Crowley, Dec 6, 2003
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  3. JoshuaBlue

    ctrl-z Guest

    for external i am looking at the MAXTOR 250GB 7200RPM OneTouch

    Maxtor's are cheap. But they do not have a great reputation for
    reliability. It'll work. Until it doesn't.

    Can be. I cannot edit from a firewire drive without pauses. The same
    drive works fine when using an eide caddy. Conversely, on the old
    computer I use for i/o the eide bus is way too slow for video and I
    must use external firewire.
    ctrl-z, Dec 7, 2003
  4. That was old news. More recent drives have earned a better reputation,
    and in the latest SATA offerings, in the @%)GB, for example, Maxtor is
    the only vendor (so far) *stipulating* suitability for 24/7 operation.
    William Meyer, Dec 7, 2003
  5. JoshuaBlue

    ctrl-z Guest

    That was old news. More recent drives have earned a better reputation,

    I'm not holding my breath. Sounds like puffery; what else could it
    mean - that the drives will deteriorate faster if you *don't* run them
    ctrl-z, Dec 8, 2003
  6. JoshuaBlue

    jdcarswell Guest

    That sounds like the arguement I once heard from a Seagate tech - he claimed
    that under normal circumstances (adequate ventilation etc.), you would get
    longer life from their SCSI drives if you left them powered up. His theory
    was that it was the power up sequence that caused the greatest degree of
    wear and tear.
    jdcarswell, Dec 8, 2003
  7. Actually, the power up sequence *is* the occasion for many failures in
    electronics. There are stresses that occur at that time that may be far
    worse than in normal operation. As a very simple example, consider the
    once-ubiquitous 387 type lamp that was the mainstay in lighted
    pushbuttons. Naive designers often failed to apply warming currents to
    the filaments, and in that 40ma (IIRC) filament, the inrush current
    could be 1A. The result was that it was common to see them fail at

    Now consider what happens in multi-rail power supplies at startup. And
    bear in mind that in a typical switching supply, only one rail provides
    feedback for regulation.

    I'm not saying that the Seagate tech's too broad statement was an
    absolute, but it does contain some recognition of reality.
    William Meyer, Dec 9, 2003
  8. Not puffery at all. One of the main causes of failure in these drives
    is heat, and the drives generate it all themselves. If the design specs
    for bearings, motors, and such didn't include 24/7 operation, it is
    entirely possible that the life curves will be degraded.
    William Meyer, Dec 9, 2003
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