|Jul 1, 2009, 08:39 PM||#1|
Time Machine drive- worth buying with firewire?
I have a question about getting a new backup drive for time machine. It will be for a new macbook pro with a 7200 rpm 500 gb hard drive. Is it worth spending the extra money on an external hard drive that supports Firewire 800? Will it make a big difference with backups? I've been using USB 2.0 external hard drives with my family's computers without any problems, but was wondering what experiences the board has had with speed differences between these two interfaces.
(Note: I plan on enabling filevault on that laptop in case of theft. Let me know if that will significantly affect backups, other than the fact that I will have to be logged out for them to occur.)
Leopard Macbook 2.16ghz C2D, after-market 2 GB of ram and 5400rpm 250 GB hard drive. Boot-camps to XP.
|Jul 2, 2009, 03:37 AM||#5|
Yes a firewire drive is definitely worth; it's a faster interface. And since the MacBook Pro only has 2 USB ports, using a firewire drive will free up on of those ports.
And I would advise against Filevault—it really sucks.
Mac Pro | 27" iMac | 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display | iPhone 5 | iPad 3 | iPad mini
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