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    Default USB 2.0 or Firewire

    I am putting together a system and would like to purchase an external hard drive to be used exclusively for DV edit/storage. I will go with a 7200 rpm drive but will data transfer rate be an issue if I use a usb 2.0 external HD instead of a firewire external HD. USB 2.0 is supposed to rival firewire xfer rates and I will have more usb ports to play with where as firewire ports are at a premium. One will be in use to connect my ADVC device to the CPU.


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    It would only be an issue if you're using the drive to capture - you may get dropped frames. However, if you're only using it for storage, you don't need to worry. You could of course opt for a 4-port PCI firewire add on card

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    I'll stay with the internal HD for capturing and will get an external HD that is USB 2.0 and Firewire capable, just in case. The pc I purchacesed has two firewire ports. I'll use the firewire connection for the external HD if I choose to capture to it.

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