Is it OK to use SCSI media drives with a Lightworks other than Lightworks drives?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by EWFoster, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. EWFoster

    EWFoster Guest

    I recently purchased a Lightworks:Heavyworks, and it's great, but I
    just have the one Lightworks media drive. I don't know if you can
    just use other SCSI media drives with it or not, and I don't know who
    to ask. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.


    EW Foster
    EWFoster, Oct 13, 2003
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    yak Guest

    Can't imagine why not. I substitute for AVID drives. It makes the dmedia
    tool which analyzes the drives disfunctional but there are any number of
    other tools to do that. Just try it.
    yak, Oct 13, 2003
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    Matt Guest

    I can't imagine that they would actually manufacture their own SCSI
    drives. I would just take a look at your current drive and attempt to
    ID the make/model number and then search for a similar rated drive (or
    just buy another drive by the same manufacturer).
    Matt, Oct 13, 2003
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    EWFoster Guest

    Thank you both for your responses.

    Actually, they do manufacture their own media drives. Or did. This
    is a machine from about 1996 or so. If you ask them now, they just
    try to sell you a new machine. But mine works fine.

    The thing is, I know it's not a problem w/Avid, but the LW is quite
    different, at least in that it runs on DOS, of which I know little.
    Theoretically, it should work fine, I guess, but I was just hoping to
    find out for sure before I spend a bunch of money on something I might
    not be able to use.

    Has anybody out there actually done this?


    EWFoster, Oct 13, 2003
  5. NO, they don't make there own drives, they just rebrand OEM-drives.
    They pick the drives which they know will work, so that you have a
    hassle-free edit-station, which does what it is supposed to do,
    editing! If you are sure that the drives which you have in mind, meet
    or exceed the specs of the original drives (and since they are 96'ers,
    that would not be a problem with modern drives), then you could
    replace them with any other brand.


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    Matt Guest

    You could always look for a benchmark program to determine the drive's stats
    and then just find a simular drive. It shouldn't bee too hard if the system
    is that old. I would almost bet that they didn't actually make their own
    drives, but probably just had a partnership with a drive manufacturer. I
    just don't see how they could actually make any money as a company if they
    manufactured every part.
    Matt, Oct 14, 2003
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    nappy Guest

    Those aren't their drives. They are OEM drives and the most they could
    probably do is adapt the firmware on the drives, like AVID 'says' they do.
    nappy, Oct 14, 2003
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