[mythtv-users] External firewire enclosure for DVD drive.

Sean Goodpasture goofygrin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 23:06:22 UTC 2008


On Jan 22, 2008 4:31 PM,  <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
>
> > On Jan 22, 2008 2:13 PM, Abre Chase <abre.chase at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Some cheaper options here:
> >>
> >> http://www.shop4tech.com/z/5.25_inch_Enclosures/25_370/
> >>
> >> I've bought hard drive enclosures from these guys before and had a
> >> good experience.
> >>
> >> - abre
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Jan 22, 2008 11:50 AM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > I'm looking at the following enclosure and wanted to get everyone's
> >> option.
> >> >
> >> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145152
> >> >
> >> > I'm connecting it to a Fedora 8 system (x86_64) and not a Mac but it
> >> > shouldn't matter, right?
> >> >
> >> > The reason is so I don't have to open the lower cabinet doors on my
> >> > entertainment center to change out DVD's. I'm currently using a full
> >> tower
> >> > case since it's what I had available. I have two small children and
> >> the 2yo
> >> > especially likes to press buttons when I have the door open. With an
> >> > external enclosure I can put it up in the media cabinet out of their
> >> reach.
> >> >
> >> > Are there any gotcha's I need to watch out for? The enclosure doesn't
> >> list a
> >> > max burning speed but I'm not planning on using the burner feature of
> >> the
> >> > drive anyway.
> >> >
> >> > Richard
> >> >
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> >
> > I'll ask the obvious question, but why firewire?  USB2.0 is jsut about
> > as fast and dang near more reliable.
> >
>
> Have you used both? I can't imagine anyone that has used both even
> asking about this.
>
> Firewire is a much better performer. Since it has a very good "baseline"
> version, it is much less problematic to get a firewire drive working in
> a mode that will offer good performance. USB can be a royal pain in this
> regard. A firewire drive will also generate a dramatically lower number
> of hardware interrupts and be less of a drain on the system it's attached
> to.
>
> The bane of my last job was data transport using a USB drive.
>
> Splurge and get a dual interface chassis.
>
> > I got some for about $15 each after shipping a few weeks ago and they
> > work just fine on my Windows and Ubuntu PCs (I put DVD burners in
> > them).
>
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We *are* talking about a CD or DVD here right?  You'll be limited by
the device before you're limited by the xfer rate.

Given all the firewire issues that people have, I'd say that USB would
be a lot easier than firewire to get up and running.


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