USB 2.0 vs Firewire 400.....your opinion?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by arcsbite, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. arcsbite Guest

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    here's the deal
    I'm currently using 2 lacie big disk extreme 500gb drives for file storage (video, itunes library ect)

    I have just bought a Lacie 500gb USB drive (the small porche version) as a back up...

    ...The firewire one's power the disks down when not in use, not that big a deal but it's getting really annoying having to wait 20 seconds for it to power up again if I want to listen to an itunes track after itunes has been idle for a while.

    The USB one seems to have no lag, it seems to run all the time and is just as quiet as the bigger, slightly older Big Disk Firewire ones.

    ....now, I can replace my Big Disks with the smaller porche ones, but I can only get the USB ones, what is your opinion?

    Do I stick with the lag and keep the FW400
    or do I go for USB 2.0 and loose the lag?


    ...is there a big difference between FW400 and USB2.0?


    thanks.
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Firewire 400 has faster sustained speeds.

    Also, it's not the drive shutting itself down, its Mac OS X shutting down your drive for you (to prevent wear and energy waste). If you don't want your drives to ever spin down, you can disable that setting in System Preferences.

    <assumptions> I imagine the USB one doesn't shut down because USB drives wouldn't support that without some sort of driver specific to your enclosure (USB is software-controlled whereas FireWire stuff is hardware controlled). </assumptions>
     
  3. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    you mean for the transferring of larger files??
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Yes. Also re-read my post as I added some extra stuff.
     
  5. arcsbite thread starter Guest

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    ahhh very helpful, thanks!
    I checked energy saver and you're right there's a box ticked about powering down
    I'm reluctant to uncheck it as I do want my drives to power down after a while of not being used,, shame I can't set it to an hour or something oppose to the 10-15mins it seems to be at.
     

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