[OT] external hard drives
On 8 Sep 2006, at 19:02, vade wrote:
> If you are feeling ballsy you can open the case and put the drive
> in another enclosure (voiding your warranty however), to attempt
> recover. If the drive is a ‘Big Disk’ or ‘Big Disk Extreme’, then
> you are out of luck, as they use Lacies proprietary raid controller
Ha. D2 Extreme. (Is that the same or different from a Big Disk
Extreme (makes me think of Biggus Dikkus from Life of Brian). But
I’ve already written off the data on the drive – the only thing that
wasn’t (in some form – I think) on another drive, was a piece I was
working on that I wasn’t very happy with anyway. None of my max stuff
was on there (that would have been a horse of a different colour!)
The thing I was really curious about was why these new drives (with
Initio controllers) would mostly work (I tried one with Cubase and it
was fine) but lock up when doing disc to disc transfers.
> We are recommending the GTech GRaid drives if you are doing video
> editing and need firewire, as they can handle 10 bit uncompressed
> standard def, and arent super expensive. If you dont need
> uncompressed support or Raid, most likely any old drive will do.
Any old disc is what I would have thought, but this experience has
made me think again! Hence the original plea for help.
> Ive found though, that FW bridges really dont take like being moved
> about, even the slightest shock can hurt them.
Oh! What type of drive would you recommend to take for location
recording then? I like to record to an external drive (and on the
stuff I’ve been recording, the internal would be too small anyway).
David Stevens wrote:
> The thing I was really curious about was why these new drives (with
> Initio controllers) would mostly work (I tried one with Cubase and it
> was fine) but lock up when doing disc to disc transfers.
Maybe the problem is on the other side? Not the new drives fail, but the
one you’re copying from. Eventually always at the same place?
Technically speaking you should look into raid systems, there are much
more secure methods to use several drives to backup data, they are not
only more secure, they are also more effective…
On 12 Sep 2006, at 7:31, Stefan Tiedje wrote:
>> The thing I was really curious
>> to disc transfers.
> Maybe the problem is on the other side? Not the new drives fail,
> but the one you’re copying from. Eventually always at the same place?
yeah, I thought of that, but it was a different place every time. I
tried copying from different drives, with different chip sets;
sometimes the whole drive, sometimes just a single large folder.
Failed every time. Bizarre. Thinking that my poor old powerbook might
be fading away, I tried large copies between drives I already have,
and they work just fine. The retailer is taking them back, so I guess
I’ll just shell out a bit more for Lacie, Maxtor or Seagate – they
should be ok.
> Technically speaking you should look into raid systems, there are
> much more secure methods to use several drives to backup data, they
> are not only more secure, they are also more effective…
Mm, I know. But they cost more and …..
I had the internal drive on my desktop die on me… I ended up getting two external Glyph drives… I highly recommend Glyph… the GT050 drives come with a 3 year warrantee (does not include data retrieval) but they will immediately replace your drive… The drives have built in fans making them ideal for audio/video editing…
I have also started using a small app. called Super Duper for archiving… makes backing up my main drive very easy
…losing a drive is a painful experience… hope this helps
Curiously, discussion of problems with firewire drives seems to be going on
in at least two mailing lists at the moment… anyway, just yesterday I
realised that the *cables* can look fine but be intermittently dodgy. Trying
to connect an M-Audio FW 410 to a PC the other day, turned out to be the
firewire cable which was duff…
Then, I’ve long been having problems with one of my portable FW discs faling
to mount, yesterday I needed to boot from it, just wouldn’t happen even
after a repair with Disk Utility. Changed the *cable* for another one and it
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