Originally Posted by Iskander71
What external HDD would you recommend? PK90 has only USB2.0 so no sense in utilizing external HDD USB3.0?
In my current Windows based setup I utiIize WD Passport USB3.0 but not sure if it will work with PK90? I mean, will HDD formated on Windows work with PK90?
I'm considering WD Elements USB2.0 as it has its own external power supply which should have positive effect as in this case WD Elements will not consume any power from Auraliti and thus should not introduce any jitter in Auraliti opposed to the case when external HDD's are powered via USB from computer. Is my assumption correct?
You are right about USB 3.0 - the PK90 can't use it, and for playback use, the extra speed is not beneficial anyway. That would only apply when transferring files to the drive. So while all USB 3.0 drives should be backward compatible, there's really not much benefit in this application.
If you formatted your current drive in Windows, you probably used NTFS, which if I recall correctly does work with the PK90. FAT32 is the other possible format and it definitely works. So your current drive will most likely work based on those two. I had a portable HD that I formatted with a Mac and it would not work with PK90 at all.
The only potential issue is that Linux (or at least the version Auraliti uses) doesn't support drives larger than 2TB. So if your WD Passport drive is 2.5TB or 3TB then it won't work. If you have a massive library, the Auraliti can connect several 2TB drives at once to accommodate your needs. Which is what I do since my collection has outgrown my original 2TB drive.
I'm not really sure as far as self powered drives versus bus powered. The PK90 has a ton of isolation so it really should not be a problem to power a little hard drive over USB. I use one of each type - my original G Technology 2TB drive has an external PSU, and I have that completely full. Then I have another portable 2TB drive powered by USB. It's very convenient to just detach that drive and move it to my desktop PC or laptop to transfer more files. It would be more work if I had to take the PSU with the drive just to load a new album. So that's something to consider.
Also, and this could vary from drive to drive, but I usually turn off the Auraliti if I know I won't be using it for a few days. When I power down, the portable HD turns off as well. In contrast, the G Tech drive remains on no matter what. It's got a bright light on front that stays lit and the drive makes a tiny bit of noise just for being powered on - quieter than most other drives I've used, but still noise. Depending on your positioning, that could be annoying. Mine sits on the bottom of my rack and I can't hear it at all.
I guess I'm leaning towards the portable drive as a recommendation, though it's not a huge deal either way. I don't notice any difference in sound between tracks played from either drive.
Edited by project86 - 8/28/13 at 8:11am