Fire Wire or USB hard disc...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by camilletom, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. camilletom macrumors member

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    Hi?
    I'm hesitating between purchasing a Fire Wire or USB hard disc...
    What's better?
    Thanks
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Firewire.

    If you want reasons, you'll have to cough up a few more details about your system, configuration and what your intentions are..
     
  3. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    An even better solution is a drive that offers both.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    get a dual interface if you can, but if it has to be one or the other it depends on what you're going to be using it for.


    FW has better sustained speeds compared to USB, but if you're going to be using it more for moving files back and forth between your mac and a pc go USB
     
  5. camilletom thread starter macrumors member

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  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the links appear to be identical?
     
  8. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -camilletom

    If forced into a choice between FireWire and USB, choose Firewire. But hayduke is right - both interfaces are best.

    The D2 you chose is an exceltentchoice. You can even upgrade the drive should you chooses (PATA interface). One thing about the D2 - it's enclosure makes for a good Faraday cage - e.g. resistant to e.m. pulses.

    Growing up in the Midwest, I knew many who lost drives due to the corruption brought on my a nearby lightning strike - myself included.
     
  9. cupique macrumors newbie

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    We did some tests with my friend's iMac C2D and my Maxtor 250GB Firewire400 + USB2.0 -drive. We used activity monitor to measure transfer speeds when moving a large file from external drive to iMac's drive. The results were following:

    USB2.0 speed: 18MB/s
    Firewire400 speed: 33MB/s

    So, it's up to you what kind of performance you need, but I'd definitely go for firewire (firewire + usb being the best option of course).
     
  10. manhattanboy macrumors 6502a

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    does anyone know some good firewire drives??
    e.g. that are cheao?
     
  11. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

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    airport extreme

    fw is fastest and you can boot with it
    however, with the new airport extreme, your external drive can run wirelessly on usb.


    so get both fw+usb.
     

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