5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2010 9:21 AM by rkaufmann87
photohead Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
Is there a hub or repeater you can use instead of daisy chaining. Can't figure out why my old imac has two firewire ports and the new imac has one. How are others managing multiple hard drives? I wish to use a hub for my firewire connections. What is the best way. thanks

imac intel, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Cinema display
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (47,415 points)
    You can locate Firewire hubs however they are expensive. I have had 3 Firewire 800 external HD's daisy chained together for 3 years that work flawlessly. The drives I have come with 2 FW 800 ports so this is quite easy, there are several top quality external HD's that are similar including:




    OWC Mercury Pro line




    Lacie Quadra D2 line (this is what i have)



    G-Tech G series line



    All of these drives have similar specifications and are all high quality products. I think you will find them to be the most recommended on these forums.

    BTW your old iMac had 1 Firewire port and 1 Firewire 800 port not 2 firewire ports.

    Regards,

    Roger
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    photohead wrote:
    Is there a hub or repeater you can use instead of daisy chaining.


    i also don't much like daisy chaining. instead, i opted for one of [these_|http://www.partsdata.de/IEEE1394b_HUB_repeater_Firewire_800_4_ports_IOI__gbIEEE1394-334.html] hubs.

    the supplier ships to a number of countries in Europe. if you're located in the US, just google for a similar product.

    JGG

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,605 points)
    Hi photohead

    Have a look at > http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75471

    A hub is not necessary, but could be handy for easy access as well as mixing storage and audio devices. See > [Firewire 800 hubs and repeters|http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&client=pub-6263300333013957&cof=FOR ID%3A1%3BGL%3A1%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BLC%3A%230000ff%3BVLC%3A%23663399%3BGFNT%3A%230 000ff%3BGIMP%3A%230000ff%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3B&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&q=fire wire800+hubs+andrepeters&btnG=Search]

    Dennis
  • photohead Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    I would prefer a hub over daisy chaining. I have a 400 firewire hub now and it won't recognize any of my drives when I use a 800 to 400 cable. I have 4 pin and 6 pin connectors on my buffalo drives and neither of them work. Not sure a firewire 800 hub would fix that problem or not.
    As to my old firewire imac, 2006 late model. It has two firewire ports-both 400. Thanks for your info. Perhaps I will just get a Raid drive and make it much simpler. Just don't want to do it until my other drives go bad. Wish Apple had just added another port?
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (47,415 points)
    As to my old firewire imac, 2006 late model. It has two firewire ports-both 400. Thanks for your info. Perhaps I will just get a Raid drive and make it much simpler. Just don't want to do it until my other drives go bad. Wish Apple had just added another port?


    Sorry I assumed you had a 24" you must have either have a 17" or 20".