Windows 10: External Enclosure for Connecting Media including Firewire


  1. Posts : 45
    Windows 10 64 bit with Falls Creator update
       06 Mar 2018 #1

    External Enclosure for Connecting Media including Firewire


    My old XP computer has a Trust media Connect Bay CR-3300 on the front panel. Would it be possible to remove this and install it in an external enclosure so that I could couple it up to my Windows 10 computer using USB. My main reason for wanting this is that the media card has a firewire socket and I want to download footage from an old video camera which uses firewire and burn the same to DVD.
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  2.    06 Mar 2018 #2

    A Gray said: View Post
    My old XP computer has a Trust media Connect Bay CR-3300 on the front panel. Would it be possible to remove this and install it in an external enclosure so that I could couple it up to my Windows 10 computer using USB. My main reason for wanting this is that the media card has a firewire socket and I want to download footage from an old video camera which uses firewire and burn the same to DVD.
    I seriously doubt that would work, as that was for an old style interface and you would have to get appropriate enclosure which I think would be very difficult to find these days.

    Probably easier just to buy a firewire to usb converter e.g.

    https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgu...A18Q9QEI1QIwAA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       06 Mar 2018 #3

    A Gray said: View Post
    My old XP computer has a Trust media Connect Bay CR-3300 on the front panel. Would it be possible to remove this and install it in an external enclosure so that I could couple it up to my Windows 10 computer using USB. My main reason for wanting this is that the media card has a firewire socket and I want to download footage from an old video camera which uses firewire and burn the same to DVD.
    Since the CR-3300 uses loop through connectivity for the FireWire plug, this would not be possible. What you need is an USB to FireWire adapter, which is really difficult to get a reliable one. The problem is that although a FW to USB adapter does work in some cases, the protocols are very different. This means that it is highly likely that your camcorder connected to your computer using FW to USB adapter might not get recognized or the data transfer won't work reliably.

    What I would recommend, is that you transfer everything from your camcorder to the XP machine while all still works, and consider upgrading camera to something that use more current standards like Internal TransFlash card, SD-card or similar for it's storage and USB or ThunderBolt for data transfer.

    FireWire is pretty much extinct, though I know many companies still uses that protocol.
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       06 Mar 2018 #4

    For the more-modern computers one could get an Add-in Firewire/IEEE1394 card for a PCIe X1 slot.
    firewire pcie x1 at DuckDuckGo
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  5. Posts : 45
    Windows 10 64 bit with Falls Creator update
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       07 Mar 2018 #5

    Many thanks for your replies. I have looked at the simple adapter but that seems to be a no no as the Firewire requires 12v and USB provides 5V only. I think the best solution is to use my old XP computer which although it's a bit creaky now, still works. I don't fancy the idea of plugging cards into the motherboard that could be fraught with problems.
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  6.    07 Mar 2018 #6

    A Gray said: View Post
    Many thanks for your replies. I have looked at the simple adapter but that seems to be a no no as the Firewire requires 12v and USB provides 5V only. I think the best solution is to use my old XP computer which although it's a bit creaky now, still works. I don't fancy the idea of plugging cards into the motherboard that could be fraught with problems.
    Hi there
    @A Gray

    as others have suggested -- get the data off your XP machine via USB or whatever. These days you can get mega capacity (4TB etc) self powered small USB drives quite cheaply.

    Even a cheap SATA-->USB2/3 connector can connect a really cheap say 300GB lap top HDD to a new machine -- those old laptop HDD's can be had for probably as cheap as 25USD.

    With old technology there becomes a point where it's not worth using it any more.

    For video footage these days - even a basic smart phone will have a video camera or video capturing possibilities. You old videocam is likely to be bulky and not have very good resolution --time really in this case to either get a new one or use a smart phone for video.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       07 Mar 2018 #7

    I fully agree with everything in the above comment regarding old vs new hardware.

    When CD/DVD became the standard, I converted all my important MC/VHS into digital form and tossed away all those millions of miles containing tapes. Now all is contained in one single HDD (+ a second HDD for backup), while before I needed almost a whole room for storage.
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  8. Posts : 45
    Windows 10 64 bit with Falls Creator update
    Thread Starter
       08 Mar 2018 #8

    Thanks for the new replies. I think the use of my old XP computer is the best way if I can find the software that I used previously
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