24 January, 2008
1TB of storage
This is an overdue post.
I bought an SATA Xpress XP800-S Dual Bay Triple (Firewire 800/400, USB 2.0, SATA) external hard drive case last July for the TV recording. As I can only watch digital TV on my 24-inch iMac with EyeTV Diversity. (To Don: this reads Antony is poor, he does not have a 40-inch Sony 1080p HD LCD TV).
Why do I need such amount of space? Well, actually, I need Firewire 800 connection. As for video recording and editing (removing ads for archiving). USB 2.0 connection is not fast enough, particularly in HD (high definition) (1080i) TV recordings. And one hour of SD (standard definition) takes about 3.0 GB of HDD space, and 40 minutes of HD (high definition) TV recording takes about 3.6GB space. 40 minutes of the show is actually 1 hour show less the commercials. So I have a good reason to get the external HDD case in Firewire 800 connection.
The SATA Xpress XP800-S requires two SATA hard drives, and supports RAID 0. I bought two 500 GB SATA drives to make it 1TB. Only one 500GB HDD is photoed.
Some of you may recall that I have 3 external hard drives (HDDs) connected (all via USB 2.0), this Firewire 800 HDD provides extra storage and speed. Although it is not that cheap, it proves to be useful. Perhaps, I should have bought one of the Mac Pros that provide plenty of room for internal HDD without the need to go external.
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