View Full Version : Does anyone run Gold from an external drive?

05-16-2005, 08:41 PM
Are there any laptop users out there who're forced to keep the Gold Library on an external drive - if so - is it usb/firewire etc. How's it going?
I've ordered Choirs and I'm really interested in getting Gold Pro, but I'm definitely out of hard drive space!
Thank you

Sean R. Beeson
05-16-2005, 08:55 PM
For a short period of time I ran all of my samples off an external 200 gig harddrive, USB 2.0, aluminum chasis, to an Athlon 2800+, 2 gigs or ram. It worked well. I honestly didn't notice any huge decline in performance. Of course you are also using a laptop, which means that the harddrive is probably 5400rpm. The external would be 7200 rpm of course.

I worked with it on a laptop for a while, and the performance of the of drive kept up with the ability of my laptop, so it also depends on the strength of your laptop. Specs?

Sean Beeson

Sean R. Beeson
05-16-2005, 09:25 PM
I also should have asked, do you own a Mac or a PC? If you own a mac, look into Firewire 800.

Sean Beeson

05-16-2005, 09:36 PM
The laptop has a hitachi 7200 rpm 60gig drive
The externals are another 7200 hitachi and a 5400 hitcachi
I got usb because the shop said it was as fast as firewire
And I got the 7200 even though they said that the usb would be the limiting factor not the speed of the external drive?!!
Any thoughts
I could get the external box changed to a firewire if it would make a difference
Thanks for taking an interest!

Miguelo Adorno
05-17-2005, 01:41 AM
I also should have asked, do you own a Mac or a PC? If you own a mac, look into Firewire 800.

Sean Beeson

Why shouldn't I look into Fw 800 if I own a PC? Isn't PC able to use all the bandwith?

- Mikko

05-17-2005, 02:20 AM
PC is capable of Firewire800, but you may have to add a PCMCIA firewire800 card, which will be a far better solution than USB2...



edit: though, I use it on my laptop with 7200rpm second internal drive, and performances are quite decent.

05-17-2005, 10:50 AM
USB 2.0 is a pretty fast media. I forgot the exact specs though, apparrently, its selling point over firewire was that it was just as fast, and everyone uses USB.

Regardless, supposedly HD can go much faster but due to cable limits (133 mbps ATA, SATA not too much faster) are capping performance anyway.