Hard Disk Space
Now that you’ve made sure your camcorder and computer can connect via firewire, it’s time to make sure that you’ve got enough space on your hard disk to store the footage and work with it. For every hour of video transferred to your computer, you’ll want to have between 12 and 14 gigabytes of space. Using Windows XP, it’s a very simple process to determine how much free space you have available on your hard disk drive. First, double-click on your “My Computer” icon. Once the “My Computer” window is open, locate your hard disk drive (usually labeled as the C: drive) and single-click on it, highlighting it. Off to the side, you should see a box called “Details” which will tell you exactly how much free space you currently have on your hard disk drive. As you can see in this image, I’ve got about 26 gigabytes of free space on my hard disk, which is more than enough to work with an hour of video.
You may not have this much free space available, or you may want to have enough space to store the many hours of video you hope to record. In either case, the easiest option is to purchase an external hard disk drive. When shopping, you’ll want to look for an “external hard drive” and you ought to be able to find drives with at least 120 gigabytes of storage for around $100. These drives can be attached easily to laptop or desktop computers, running Windows or Mac OS. The most common interface for external hard disk drives is USB 2.0, but many also use firewire. By now, you most certainly have a computer equipped with both.
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