Why are there no FW800 drives to buy

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    At the moment i see FW800 hard drives but why have we not seen optical drives?

    Can anybody tell me if there are any anyway?
     
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  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Re: Why are there no FW800 drives to buy

    I assume a big part of the reason is that most optical drives have a transfer rate well below even 50MB/s (even a 52x CD is only theoretically at 8MB/s), so there's absolutely no need for the bandwidth that FW800 provides.
     
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    Re: Why are there no FW800 drives to buy

    -CrackedButter

    It wouldn't be practical as it is not possible to spin a CD fast enough to saturate your transfer wire (FW400) to the point of requiring FW800.

    The only way I can think of to break that barrier is to come out with 'wide' lasers capable of reading many - if not all CD tracks at once.
     
  5. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    This is good then, i don't need FW800, not for a while anyway.

    I'm slowly changing my mind over a PB purchase, and while i was gunning for a 15", i may now jump at the 12".
     

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