Bigger is Better - My Hard Drive is Bigger than Yours
by Mark Shapiro
OtherWorld Computing – Mercury Elite 160 Gigabyte
Video files can be big. Video files can be huge. Video files can be humungous and easily swamp your computer’s hard drive. A good alternative is to install the biggest hard drive you possibly can or to use an fast external hard drive that connects to your computer via a fast I/O connection such as Firewire or 1394.
got a chance to play with just such a drive. The Other World
Computing’s Mercury Elite 160 Gigabyte hard drive can solve many of
your video editing and storage problems. This is a 5400 RPM hard drive
with a 1394/Firewire connection. All you need is a Macinstoh computer
with a Firewire connection. You don't have to open up your computer chassis - you
don't have to fiddle with settings or even install any software.
(PS - if you Mac does not have Firewire, Other World Computing has a
variety of Firewire add-on kits as well).
(PS - if you Mac does not have Firewire, Other World Computing has a variety of Firewire add-on kits as well).
a list price of $349, this is a relatively inexpensive and very painless
way to add needed storage to your system. If you don’t need that much
raw real estate, you can opt for one of the smaller Other World Firewire
hard drives. The smaller ones are available either at 5400 or faster
7200 RPM. You can select from a variety of “portable” Firewire
drives spinning at 5400 or a pokey 4200 RPM.
160 Gigabyte model, even with a rating of 5400 RPM, boasts a sustained
write speed of 35.5 MBps and a sustained read speed of 36.06 MBps,
suitable for capturing or playing back compressed video for editing.
Installation is simple. Just plug in the power, attach the Firewire cables and then turn it on. On my Mac G4, the drive came up within seconds and I was able to easily transfer files back and forth. For power users who want to fine-tune or customize partition the hard drive, Other World bundles the Intech Speed Tools Utility package with Hard Disk Speed Tools. It provides two drive RAID level 0 striping, custom size partitioning, media testing, security erase as well as testing and benchmarking for disk performance and signal integrity.
you need a big storage solution for video editing and creation of
streaming video, or to simply store, share and move your data, the Other
World Computing Mercury Elite is a simple and elegant solution that
more information www.owcomputing.com.
By the way, in addition to Firewire hard drives and cables, Other
World Computing offers tons of other Mac peripheral, add-ons, software and
Even though this is a Mac drive, because it is using a Firewire connection, you should be able to also use it with your Windows 98 and Me computers. It is not as easy to set up as with a Mac, but it is possible. Click here for instructions
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