This is my first time setting up recording equipment in my house. The salesman at a local music store sold me a Pro Tools LE 8 and MBox 2, along with a Rode NTK microphone. Upon reading the instructions I learned that I need to get a separate hard drive. The problem is that Pro Tools only gives you hard drive requirements without naming specific hard drives that will be compatible (i.e.: Oxford chipset). I've spent hours searching and I can't find one that I feel is 100% compatible. Can someone give me some specific examples of compatible external hard drives that are under $200. Please Help!!!
You're in luck. There are a number of hard drives that work well with Pro Tools. There's one company in particular that makes audio/video specific drives, with excellent customer service and warranty protection.
They have many excellent hard drive selections, that will work fine. The main thing you need to pay attention to is the drive speed. Find a drive that has a minimum of 7200 RPM. 10,000 is even better, but 7200 is the standard "Multimedia" drive speed.
Another thing to look for is the cache size. Bigger is better.
The OWC drives at macsales.com are good...I've got several of them I use with ProTools. I've also had good luck with LaCie drives, but they tend to be expensive, heavy, and not necessarily better than what you can get from OWC or Glyph.
If I had to really recommend one to get, I would definitely look at Glyph first. They are very good drives, and are really focused on the post-production community.
Thank you very much. So it doesn't matter which Oxford Bridge chip they use as long as the drive speed is at least 7200 rpm. Is that correct? The only ones Pro Tools mentions are Oxford 911, 912 and 924.
This series of drives has multiple interface options ( FW 400/800/USB 2 /eSATA )...and are fully qualified for ProTools use.
Also, as I mentioned before, they have excellent customer service. I had one issue with a drive, and I got to speak to a real live human being, who turned out to be the very guy who worked on my drive.