[mythtv-users] OT: 160GB Western Digital, $30 after rebates

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Fri Jun 3 20:47:54 UTC 2005

As for enclosures I use 2 or 3 types. Mostly I recommend sticking with
Oxford Semi chip sets.

For 1394a I use mostly ADS Tech cases. They are 1394/USB 2.0. This
seems to be the most recent version:


I use Maxtor and IBM drives, but I've also used Seagate in the past. I
get anwhere from about 20-28MB/S out of one of these based on the most
recent 2.6.11 Linux 1394 drivers with no optimization.

I also have a nice, but older, Oxford based IceDrive case. It works
well but has a slow 4 year old drive in it so it's sort of noisy.

I also set up a Maxtor OneTouch 300GB drive a few days ago on an
NForce 2 MB. It seems to be working fine.

For 1394b I'm using a Maxtor drive in one of these cases:


I'm getting 55MB/S using the same Linux 1394 stack and a separate
1394b OHCI adapter card. It's very quiet as it has no fan (good for my
audio work) but the case does get pretty hot so I'm not sure if the
drive is going to be happy for a long life.

Both of my OHCI cards use TI OCHI chips. I have a board with a Via
6306 chipset but it doesn't work very well. Don't know why but I
presume Via has some bugs from my partiticaption on the 1394 lists.

Hope this helps,

On 6/3/05, Andrew Close <aclose at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/3/05, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> <snip>
> > All of my storage on both back end systems is now on external 1394
> > hard drives. Gets rid of this problem and allows me to hide the drive
> > for more quiet operation...
> Mark,
> what enclosures do you use for this?  do you know how many drives 1394
> can handle?
> thx

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