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Topic: USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

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    USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

    Hi everyone:

    I just picked up a LaCie d2 quadra 500GB drive http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10894 for sample-streaming.

    I bought this drive so that I could use it with my current setup via a USB 2.0 connection or buy an eSATA interface card to plug into an unused PCI-Express slot.

    So... I just got off the phone with LaCie tech support and I now see that this drive is only "eSATA" (i.e., "up to 1.5Gbits/s"), and not "eSATA II" . . .

    Assuming that the drive is used solely for streaming samples (and, perhaps, holding a Norton Ghost drive image of the partition containing my musicmaking apps), in terms of real-world performance:
    • is it worth the additional expense to upgrade this drive to an eSATA II drive, or will other bottlenecks (processor, motherboard, bus, etc.) negate any speed advantages;
    • will the just-purchased eSATA drive perform better than my other LaCie drive, which is identical except that it only has USB 2.0 and FW400/800 connectors? If so, how much better?
    Great big huge thanks for any insight!!
    — alanb




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    Re: USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

    eSATA is overkill for a single drive. I'm using eSATA on a four drive RAID, and it can play back uncompressed 1080i video in real time.

    The disc will run out of seek time well before the interface runs out of bandwidth.

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    Re: USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

    Thanks for the feedback, Jon. Good to know that I can still count on you for a quick, helpful, and to-the-point response...

    Ultimately, I decided to stick with the LaCie d2 Quadra (35% formatted as I type this).

    I've been very happy with my other 2 LaCie drives, and I like the multiple connection options here.

    It seems that SATA II would be serious overkill on my computer... the motherboard/bus would be enough a bottleneck to offset any speed advantage. I probably won't even milk top speed out of a SATA I drive like the d2 Quadra.

    Still, it should outperform USB 2.0 and FireWire, even its current one-drive configuration...???

    Plus, I'm planning ahead, and I know that I will eventually transfer this drive to "my next machine." I bought a two-port LaCie SATA II (3Gb/s) PCI-Express Card, which will serve my purposes here and will also, eventually, migrate to my next machine.

    It's a PCI-e x1 card but, thankfully, it seems to work properly in my only available slot, a PCI-e x4...

    Fun and games...
    — alanb




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    Re: USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

    Speaking of which..what would you guys recommend for a drive for streaming samples of a laptop MAcBook Pro ? i am looking for something small and portable.

    any suggestions??

    thanks !


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    Re: USB 2.0? eSATA? eSATAII?

    Wasn't LaCie originally Mac-only?

    I know that my new drive came pre-formatted for Mac, and I had to re-format it to Windows-compatible NTFS...
    — alanb




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