Firewire Express Card

Posted by anton kozikowski 
Firewire Express Card
August 04, 2007 01:48PM
Has anybody used a firewire card bus adapter to
combine 800 and 400 firewire Hard Drives together.

I've got:
GRaid2 500
mybook 500
MadDog 250

I just want them to play well together. The G-Tech guy said
to purchase an Expresscard but hasn't certified any brands.

So I'm wondering if anybody has chained their drives using
one successfully? If so which one?

Re: Firewire Express Card
August 04, 2007 02:13PM
Daisy chaining is NOT a good idea, IMHO. Especially FW800 and FW400 together. It will drag your sustained data rate down & you will end up with dropped frames. To be honest with you, get a 2 port Express FW800 card, get another G-RAID2 & dump the FW400 drives from your chain (I guess you can use them for backup).

That "mybook" drive is a disaster waiting to happen, though. My shooter brought some varicam footage to the studio on a fairly new mybook and it wouldn't spin up. He said it happens all the time and to bare with him. After 25 minutes, he smacked it on the side & it spun up. I wouldn't trust that unit with my archives or anything else. It's a Western Digital drive, which is on my list of stuff to avoid at all costs (along with LaCie's & Maxtor's).

When life gives you dilemmas...make dilemmanade.

Re: Firewire Express Card
August 04, 2007 04:16PM
You didn't mention which computer you have. Assuming you have a PowerBook or MacBook (Pro), there are two port Firewire adapter cards for the PCMCIA or Express 34 slots in these.
Re: Firewire Express Card
August 04, 2007 04:43PM
I'm running the Mac Pro
Dual Core Intel Zeon.

I'm assuming there must be a slot
for the Firewire express card.
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