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if i want multiple external hard drives connected to a computer through one usb or firewire port what would be the easiest method of connecting all of them? sorry if the question is not clear
 

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Just to be sure, you meant this post under mac?

I would think with USB drives, a hub would be the easiest.
 
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AcaCandy said:
Just to be sure, you meant this post under mac?

I would think with USB drives, a hub would be the easiest.
Either a hub (for USB) or daisy-chaining them (FireWire). That goes for either platform.
 
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I strongly recommend you go for Firewire and daisychain the drives. Firewire has an advantage over USB in that it is not processor dependent, in other words it is a more reliable form of data transfer and because of this reliability is why it is the primary method used for video recording.
 

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"chaining"
The first drive connects to the computer,
the second drive connects to the first drive .... etc ...
 

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You can also do this with some USB externals - but they have to have the extra USB connector.

I just use USB externals and hook them to an extra USB / PCI card when I run out of USB ports. An external hub will also work.

I think this is the "easiest" since the USB externals are more common or cheaper.
 

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so when i do this will the drives pop up as one drive (if i daisy chain them) and to get to the next drive i have to go through the first one or would they all pop up as seperate drives
 
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What is daisy chain? how does it work?

I currently have 1 combo enclosure (2 FW & 1 USB ports) that I use for my LG DVD Writer, I recently bought an 3.5" HDD (160GB), so now thinking to get another external enclosure for this new HDD. Since there're 2 FW ports on my combo enclosure, can I use one of them as a connection point instead of a FW hub? My TiBook has only 1 FW port.
 
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