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Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by camilletom, Jan 24, 2007.
I'm hesitating between purchasing a Fire Wire or USB hard disc...
If you want reasons, you'll have to cough up a few more details about your system, configuration and what your intentions are..
An even better solution is a drive that offers both.
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
I hesitate between these two hard discs.
I just need to store all of my music there.
Even if it's just for my music, should I pay more for fire wire?
Here are the links:
I'd go with the Lacie
They are BOTH lacie!
the links appear to be identical?
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.
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).
does anyone know some good firewire drives??
e.g. that are cheao?
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.