Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Archive > Archives of Old Posts > Macintosh Computers

 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Oct 13, 2004, 09:14 AM   #1
buzzfgo
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Up State NY
Send a message via AIM to buzzfgo
Hard Drive ?

What would be faster? A 160gig 7200rpm 8meg buffer IDE or firewire. My computer is a 733 quicksilver. I am booting from the firewire right now. Just want to see if it would be faster to put the 160gig inside or leave it on the firewire.
buzzfgo is offline   0
Old Oct 13, 2004, 09:32 AM   #2
robbieduncan
Moderator
 
robbieduncan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: London
Any differences are going to be ultra-minimal. Neither bus should be constraining the drives performance so you not really going to gain anyhting by switching from one to the other.
robbieduncan is offline   0
Old Oct 13, 2004, 09:43 AM   #3
buzzfgo
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Up State NY
Send a message via AIM to buzzfgo
Thanks!
buzzfgo is offline   0
Old Oct 13, 2004, 10:49 AM   #4
CanadaRAM
macrumors G5
 
CanadaRAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
Hard Drive ?

A Firewire drive is nothing but an IDE drive, with a bridge board to translate to Firewire, and a case and cable. Therefore, connecting a given drive by Firewire has to be slower than that same drive connected to an IDE bus directly, due to the overhead of the bus and the bridge card conversion. In my experience, Firewire 400 is considerably slower in real-world transfers than direct IDE, and for large data transfers, Firewire is -way- flakier.

The plusses for Firewire are portability and handling drives larger than 120 Gb.

If you have the choice to mount the drive internally, and speed is the primary consideration, go internal.

Note that 2001 and older G4 machines and all G3s may have a problem supporting 160 Gb and larger drives internally, requiring the use of a third party driver or installing a PCI-ATA interface card. http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/IDE/big_i...e_support.html
CanadaRAM is offline   0

 
MacRumors Forums > Archive > Archives of Old Posts > Macintosh Computers

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My MacBook Air is on its 4th hard drive cbwillow MacBook Air 16 Jun 2, 2012 07:28 AM
External Hard Drive Suggestions rabsparks iMac 9 Dec 30, 2011 12:09 AM
Good, Reliable external hard drive Shmuco Mac Peripherals 15 Jun 13, 2011 04:07 PM
MacBook Pro Hard Drive Boot Speeds SSD and HDD NickZac MacBook Pro 0 May 15, 2011 07:39 PM
Iomega Hard drive with password protection? respectabilia Mac Peripherals 1 Nov 7, 2010 12:02 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC