[PlanetCCRMA] Hardware for a Laptop

Benjamin Hardy drycellbattery@yahoo.ca
Fri Feb 10 13:35:01 2006

In my recording school they recommend a firewire drive, as it's 
supposodly more stable than Usb 2.0. The speed differences are very 
little. I picked up a Maxtor 250GB 7200rpm 16MB cache internal drive 
with a Vantec NexStar enclosure that is both usb and firewire equipped. 
It cost me about $154 Canadian. It connected fine to my CCRMA setup and 
I made several fat32 partitions, though I didn't do it properly :P I had 
a heck of a time to get Windows XP to recognize my partitions, although 
I'm sure I formatted the partition as fat32 some partitioning apps 
thought the partitions were ext2. It was a pain but I got my data with 
some ext2 software for windows.
As far as the pcmcia interface, the only one I know that works is 

7lb9oz Productions wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have recently aquired a laptop which I am currently running ardour 
> on.  I have a pressing need to add some hardware, but I wanted to get 
> some advice before I do.
> The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite M45 and will be needing both an 
> external HD as well as a much better audio interface to record with.  
> I am thinking to use the Cardbus for the audio interface and either 
> USB 2.0 or Firewire for the HD. 
> Any suggestions first as to a PCMCIA audio card that will be well 
> supported by linux?  My desktop has a Delta 1010, so I suppose that 
> the ammount of in/out ports is not as important on the laptop, its 
> more for just a mobile editing settup.  I would be ok with a simple 
> stereo settup, 4 channels would be better...I just dont want to buy a 
> card that is just ADAT and wont work without external gear. 
> Second, as far as the HD goes, is Firewire or USB 2.0 preferred?  I 
> seem to remember hearing that USB is fas! ter now, but I dont recall 
> for certain.  Any advice here?
> Thanks in advance to all,
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