I want to buy a new hard drive, at least 2TB for editing on Final Cut Pro on my Macbook Pro 15" which i bought early last year in 2011. The specs are : 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, Memory: 4GB 1333 MHz DDr3.
So seeing how fast the transfer rate with Thunderbolt is, I was wondering if it would work fine on my laptop? Or would it not be worth it and be better off with just the LaCie d2 Quadra with the Firewire 800?
Also another question, if I did get the d2 Quadra, would the USB 3.0 Expresscard be faster than the Firewire 800?
The Thunderbolt drive will be the best and fastest option 1Gbps while USB3 is the next fastest at 5Gbps
Both of those will support several streams of HD media so for editing are easily the best options as slow media drives are the root of many problems with any NLE.
FW800 by comparison is only 800 Mbsp so I think thats about 12 times slower than the Thunderbolt option.
FW800 will playback a single stream of ProRes HD but after that it can start to get stuttery.
As an aside you may also benefit from a bit more RAM, what you have is fine for FCP7 but you might see better performance depending on the other Apps you are running, anything 64bit will benefit - but dont buy from Apple check out people like OWC or Crucial.
I think although Apple says yur machine supports 8GB Ram it will actually handle 16GB no problem. See here http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7...