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    Hello,
    I recently filmed a documentary, and now have to edit it. I have over 17 HOURS to edit. I know I'll need between 200 and 300 gigabytes of space. So I'm going to buy a new hard drive. Is external a good choice? Or would an external drive transfer too slowly for editing video?

    (I have USB 2.0 and a firewire capture card. I'm not sure if I can use the capture card like a normal USB port.)

    Thanks!
    Nick Pattison

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    Hi Nick
    You'll have to use your firewire connection for capturing the footage and the USB device can most likely not be used as a port hub.
    Keep in mind that although an external HDD might be a good option for storage, it might not be supported for capture by your NLE, or provide good performance. Why would you want an external HDD for capture?

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    Well, I do tons of video editing, but for this project I'm going to need a new hd. I don't need an external (although all of my IDE ports are taken up), I was just wondering if an external would transfer fast enough.

    I'll probably go with an internal, I was just wondering about my options before I chose.
    Thanks!

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    I have an external f wire drive and it b marks as fast as my internal ide and sata drives.

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    Transfer speed to the drive? Or rpm's?

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    Transfer speed. A good drive in a good f wire box in a good sys is fine for nle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W
    I have an external f wire drive and it b marks as fast as my internal ide and sata drives.
    What is better? USB 2 external h drive or FIREWIRE external h drive?
    Is the FIREWIRE data transfer slower than USB 2?

    Please help

    mark

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    USB 2.0 is approximately the same speed as Firewire, but Firewire is capable of a higher sustained transfer rate.

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    My exteral box can run as usb2 and f wire. In f wire mode it b marks at at 40 mbs and the usb2 is 4mbs. Nuff said.

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