FireWire 400 Cable help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Rhobes, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. Rhobes macrumors 6502

    Rhobes

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    Missoula,MT
    #1
    Hello-

    How many pins on my 400 firewire on the back of my iMac, see iMac specs below. I can count 6 copper bands on my new Maxtor external drive but can't really see what to count on the iMac.....
     
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

    #2

    Its a 6 pin firewire connection that iMac
     
  3. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    Ontario, Canada
    #3
    He's correct. And most firewire cables are 6 pin
     
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

    #4
    If your external hard drive has a 9 pin connection it WON'T run @ 800 mps rate it'll run @ 400 mps because the iMac has a Firewire 400 aka 1394a port..

    To get 800 mps rate you need a firewire 800 card aka 1394b card and cable, external case thats capable of that transfer speed..

    Like this:

    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10723


    if you like small size of external storage, the WxHxD size





    (mps = megabits per second)
     

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