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Moving from FW800 external HD to USB3 RAID enclosure: what to know
Old 1 week ago
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Moving from FW800 external HD to USB3 RAID enclosure: what to know

I've been using the same external Firewire 800 enclosure, with the same disk, for recording purposes for probably eight years now, first on a 2010 13" 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro, currently on a late 2011 15" 2.2 GHz i7 Macbook Pro, and soon I'll be moving to a mid 2012 15" i7 2.3 GHz model. It's mostly been fine. Every once in a while I'll get a glitch on playback, but that's basically it. For backups I use rsync to a second external disk.

Since the "new" machine will have USB3, I'm thinking about whether it's time to make a switch to a new enclosure with RAID, so I don't have to initiate backups manually. Or I could continue to do that so I have triple redundancy. I was looking on Newegg, and it seems like the options are fairly limited in the category of dual-bay RAID-capable USB3 enclosures. A lot of them seem to have iffy reviews. This one seems to have reasonably good feedback regarding its performance.

I'm mostly wondering whether there are any pitfalls with this approach specifically as related to audio recording. I record strictly in an amateur capacity, mostly stuff with pretty straightforward rock instrumentation and execution. I don't do a lot of sample-based stuff, for what that's worth. Or is this overkill and/or liable to create new issues (like extra unwanted mechanical noise, etc)?
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Are you sure your Macbook pro has USB 3.0?
A thunderbolt 2 external enclosure would be faster with less weight on the CPU.
Old 1 week ago
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USB3 was introduced on the 2012 Macbook Pros. They still had first-gen Thunderbolt though. I know that even first-gen Thunderbolt is faster than USB3, but isn't that a moot point with spinning disk hard drives? They'll be the bottleneck in that situation.
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