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    Hi,

    I'm looking for an ext HD to use with my early 2008 Macbook Pro (FireWire 400/800, USB2.0). I'm going to be working with DV and HDV material.

    I was told a USB 2.0 HD was too slow for video, and that the new USB3.0 connection isn't compatible with my laptop.

    Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks!!

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    I'd opt for a FW800 drive rather than a USB 2 . I store my video files on an external FW800 drive and don't have any real problems. You might find the processor on your MBP a bit slow if you have a lot of video to edit though.

    It also depends on what app you are using to handle the video content anyway. I've used iMovie on my 2008 MBP do handle short videos. Takes some time to render but provided the video isn't to long it's not a real problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by chappers View Post
    I'd opt for a FW800 drive rather than a USB 2 . I store my video files on an external FW800 drive and don't have any real problems. You might find the processor on your MBP a bit slow if you have a lot of video to edit though.

    It also depends on what app you are using to handle the video content anyway. I've used iMovie on my 2008 MBP do handle short videos. Takes some time to render but provided the video isn't to long it's not a real problem
    Hi Chappers,

    I'm running Media Composer 6. I started out wanting an FW800, but the guy at Best Buy told me that was "ancient" and I should switch.

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    If your MBP has USB 2.0 and FW 400/800..and USB 2.0 is capable of 480 Mbps and FW800 is capable of 786 Mbps..and I've used FW800 in the past with a DV camcorder and it worked great.

    In my opinion, I don't give my thought to the technical acumen of the people that work at Best Buy..even the Geek Squad guys scare me with their lack of knowledge.

    Besides, you only have two choices with your MBP anyway and FW800 is faster than FW400 for sure..if you had Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 and so on as well, then obviously it makes sense to go with the newer (and probably faster) technology..
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    Ashwin,

    You couldn't have made it much clearer than that. Exactly what I needed. Thanks!

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