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    Default External HDD speed up?

    Hi guys,
    If considering that I can ONLY have x1 internal HDD, and if I use an external HDD through firewire or USB2.0, will setting it as my scratch disk help speedup PS?

    Thks

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    dun think so... might be even slower, cos you going to send via USB or Firewire is taxing on resources...
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    Hi,

    I am currently using an external HD as scratch disk for my machine. I do notice a speed difference, like opening of large files 400mb and above and saving.

    However there are time when the scratch disk will go on and on writing that will takes 2mins before your can do anything. That is when i access almost 10gb used for scratch disk. Not sure if it just affect me.

    All in all it does not make my machine fly but most certainly it is slightly faster.

    Cheers!

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    Hmm, the delay sounds bad...
    gomobile, are u using firewire or USB2?

    Me just thinking of how to optimize my Slix..

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    still have extra PCI slots ? external SATA HDD might be a better solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseytan
    still have extra PCI slots ? external SATA HDD might be a better solution.
    I wonder how will Ext.SATA HDD with Firewire will do?...
    Hmm, not even sure if my Fat SLix can use SATA HDD

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    Firewire and USB external HDD transfer speeds are around 4 mb/s. Harddisk transfers (IDE) are around 20-40 mb/s, again depending on how busy the machine is. Stripe-RAID IDE HDDs hit sustained transfer rates of about 60mb/s. These figures are timed on my own PC.

    i don't think using external HDD is a good idea unless you really have no choice. SATA might be even faster, but i don't have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firestone
    I wonder how will Ext.SATA HDD with Firewire will do?...
    Hmm, not even sure if my Fat SLix can use SATA HDD
    why slow down the sata with fw?
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    Hi ,

    I use fw400. That is certainly the reason why a desk top is by far still faster than laptop which i am using. I heard the speed of usb2 is not as consistant as FW. Maybe FW800 would be slightly better than.

    Cheers!

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    Right...thks for the technical info...
    Tink bad idea..

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    Quote Originally Posted by firestone
    I wonder how will Ext.SATA HDD with Firewire will do?...
    Hmm, not even sure if my Fat SLix can use SATA HDD
    what i mean was getting a PCI card with external SATA ports.

    e.g. http://www.xpcgear.com/buslinkpci2s.html

    or http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/es...radekit_v3.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseytan
    what i mean was getting a PCI card with external SATA ports.

    e.g. http://www.xpcgear.com/buslinkpci2s.html

    or http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/es...radekit_v3.htm
    OIC,interesting! didn't know got such things,thks

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