Aug 19, 2011, 10:50 AM
Need to free up my 2010 mac mini HD space. I have over 200 GB of music on it. It is backed up by firewire to a 300 GB EHD. Thinking about adding another EHD by USB and use it as a clone. Will itunes run slower if it is on an USB EHD of should I run itunes from the firewire. Any suggestions on brands of EHD? Iomega seems to be good value and I could get it with firewire.
Aug 19, 2011, 01:15 PM
In my personal experience, FireWire was the way to go on a PPC Mac Versus USB 1. On newer Macs with USB 2, I personally don't ever find much difference, and FireWire was dog slow on my PC compared to USB. Others may find success with FireWire, but I don't like it.
In that regard, I have a buddy with his entire library on an external HD, connected via USB. The only slowness he will see is when the HD needs to spin up when selecting a new track, or going quickly through songs next to next, etc. There is rarely buffering or loading of a track that's already playing, and there's no loss of quality or speed listening to music or searching through the library.
Hope that helps.