Solved Is USB3.0 faster for recording live music than Firewire 800?

January 13, 2013 at 12:01:30
Specs: Windows XP
I want to buy an external Hard Drive for recording and storing live music with Pro Tools hardware and software. But I'm not sure if USB 3.0 will give me better results (speed and readability) than Firewire 800? Studios seem to favour Glyph products but Glyph doesn't offer USB 3.0 connectivity, whereas Western Digital does.

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#1
January 13, 2013 at 12:10:50
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USB 3.0 is faster & more 'universal'. Thunberbolt blows them all away.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#2
January 13, 2013 at 12:27:57
I wouldn't say "blows them all away". If you are just talking about single disks the difference between USB 3 and Thuderbolt is negligible. The interface is almost as fast as, or possibly faster than, most external disks anyway (and if you want an interface that is as fast as an internal disk then use eSata). Thunderbolt's advantage really comes when you have multiple disks, either as single disks or in a RAID array. Each Thuderbolt device can run at the full speed of the interface whereas the USB speed is divided between all devices attached to a controller.

Truth is, I suspect that any of those interfaces is fine for the application (with eSata another contender). I'm not sure what reliability comparisons have been done.


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#3
January 14, 2013 at 14:30:28
Thank-you riider. I'm thinking usb3.0 is the way for now with my particular circumstance.

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#4
January 14, 2013 at 14:32:45
Thank-you ijack. For now in my circumstance and funds available, it looks like usb3.0.

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#5
January 14, 2013 at 14:38:35
usb 3.0 10gbit is around the corner that will be twice as fast as usb 3.0 5gbit making it as fast as thunderbolt. the problem with thunderbolt is not many devices use it and its been very slow to get out on the market so thunderbolt is still an iffy technology at this point where usb has been around for 14 years and every device on the market has usb. not to mention usb is backwards compatible with the last generation of usb. usb is here to stay for a very long time due to its broad range of devices that it supports and its backwards compatitblity. Nothing is going to replace usb as a new standard for a long time to come because there is no other connection device on the market that has the compatibility or the track record that usb has.

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#6
January 14, 2013 at 16:16:20
Thank-you Cobra_R, I've actually just ordered an external hard drive and went with the usb3.0 instead of firewire.

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#7
January 15, 2013 at 03:38:31
good call firewire is a pretty much dead technology, it never really caught on so you rarely see any devices that are firewire compatible anymore.

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