Which hard drive to get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by believo, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. believo macrumors regular

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    Lacie Porsche 500GB External USB 2.0 - $185
    Lacie Porsche 250GB External Firewire - $125

    I want the 500GB but is USB incredibly slow. Is this a bad move?

    thanks
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    USB took me a few hours to back up my 50GB macbook. It was bootable, but slow.
     
  3. Neonguy macrumors 6502

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    I own an external USB 2.0 Hard Drive and they are not slow like you think. Looking at the Lacie Porsche 500GB External USB 2.0, it have good speed. I tranfer many big file with USB 2.0 and I'm happy with the speed. Looking at the FireWire, it will be a little faster then the USB 2.0 but the USB one is a better deal.
     
  4. furious macrumors 65816

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    firewire for sure. fastest out of USB2.0 and firewire.
     
  5. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    If you want it mainly for storage, go with the 500GB. For booting from, get the 250GB.
     
  6. AvMac macrumors member

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    Depends on the usage of the ext HD:

    For just backups, 500GB USB makes sense even though its slower.

    For usage as a scratch disk for video editing etc, get the faster 250GB FW.
     
  7. Mal macrumors 603

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    FireWire's only barely faster in the actual transfer rates, but it doesn't have to compress anything so it's more reliable, plus slightly faster still. However, my USB 2.0 drives are not slow unless I boot from them, so I wouldn't worry about it unless you plan to do that or need every available bit of speed possible. Basically, for video/sound editing, get the faster one (or a larger FireWire one for the best of both), but otherwise the 500GB's a better deal.

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  8. Pili macrumors regular

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    Firewire 400 or 800? Regardless firewire is still a little faster.

    It took about an hour to transfer about 50gb via firewire 800.
     
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    For large transfers (1.3 Gb Garageband Folder, mix of large and small files), Firewire 400 is almost exactly twice as fast as USB 2.0 (I benchmarked it with the same data, same hard drive mechanism, same MacMini).
     
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  12. believo thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems like advice is about 50/50.


    Maybe if I give more info you all can give me a second opinion:

    I'll be using it for backup of files mostly but also watching and listening to media like large mpg clips, mp3s, etc. I won't be editing but just watching and listening. Based on this, should I get USB or firewire?


    thanks again for your help.
     
  13. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Based on that, I'd say go Firewire. You'll appreciate there not being a significant lag time when you skip around in video, or any pauses between songs in iTunes. I got that on USB, didn't get that on Firewire.
     
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