Backup Hard Drive advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lawrie1947, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. lawrie1947 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I have a new macbook pro and after reading various threads I want to buy a gtech 320gb external drive.

    The only one I can track down is the firewire400. (at a reasonable price)

    The MB is FW800.

    will the FW400 work OK and is the speed significantly slower?

    Thanks

    Lawrie
     
  2. CorporateFelon macrumors regular

    CorporateFelon

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    FW800 is backwards compatible with FW400. As long as you have the right converter cable.

    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fw_adapter.html

    While FW400 is slower then FW800, it is plenty fast. I'm not going to quote spec numbers, but I think the harddrive will be the bottleneck and not the version of firewire that is being used.
     
  3. lawrie1947 thread starter macrumors member

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