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Topic: Samples on external harddisk

  1. #1

    Samples on external harddisk

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if Gigastudio can access samples/instruments (GIGS) stored on a external USB 2.0 harddrive and if so if there is any noticable decrease in speed? (I am planning to buy a 160 gb harddrive in a USB case).



  2. #2

    Re: Samples on external harddisk

    Works for me.


  3. #3

    Re: Samples on external harddisk

    It works fine for me, but maybe you could look at Tiger Direct. They have 200 gig hardrives for 80$. I just bought one of those, and put it in a 3.5 inch hard drive enclosure and for around 100$ I have a 200 gig external usb 2.0 hard drive for my samples only, its quite a good deal.

    Sean R. Beeson

  4. #4

    Re: Samples on external harddisk

    Anyone know how a USB drive would compare to a firewire drive in terms of polyphony/performance?

  5. #5
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    Lincoln City, Oregon

    Re: Samples on external harddisk

    Firewire 1 and USB 2 should be about the same, but firewire 2 is another story. Firewire 1 is rated at 400 Mbps and USB 2 at 480 Mbps but firewire 2 is rated at 800 Mbps. If you can find a firewire 2 card (and have an open slot) then you can get a LaCie 250 Gig HD from Amazon.com for about $250 USD; the drive is firewire 1, USB 2 and firewire 2 compatible (yes, all three).


  6. #6

    Re: Samples on external harddisk

    Just bringing up an old topic here as I was browsing - agree with the previous posts. A firewire 800 enclosure or external SATA is the way to go.

    The LaCie 250 looks like a good solution.

    Another option is an external SATA connection:
    See performance of the SATA vs USB 2.0 in the performance page.

    Untested with Gigastudio as yet - but looking to change this in the near future.

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