2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2010 10:20 AM by ECBowen

    which external HDD should I get: eSATA, Firewire, USB3?

    rickyroma Level 1

      Hi all,


      There's tons of discussion on the web on this, but I've heard some consensus is going on, so I thought I'd get opinions from people who do video editing.  My setup is: Premiere Pro CS4 on 64bit windows 7 Pro.  laptop is Sony Vaio Z  (VPCZ12GLX), i5-430M 2.26GHz,  4Gb DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M  (1Gb video RAM), 384Gb SSD.  I wish to use an external drive to hold all my source media. I will access the external drive through an Expresscard. I can't afford an external SSD at this time, so I'm trying to get the next best thing. If I buy any hdd, I prefer to get something with an interface that will be fast and commonly used in the future.


      Here's what I've heard:

      1. firewire is on it's way out.  Even apply doesn't push firewire that aggressively anymore.  Firewire S3200 is not yet commonly available, and may never be.
      2. eSATA 2 doesn't supply power.  eSATA3 is not yet commonly available.
      3. USB3 is lightnening quick, and it is already available on many external drives.  It will become as popular as USB2 is.


      Let me know your recommendations/ experiences.