Do I really need Firewire?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheMotif, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. TheMotif macrumors member

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    In the face of discount, is the connection really necessary? I am about to go pick up a 500GB USB external hard drive at Target for $77.75. Will I be completely dissatisfied while I am backing up my data without Firewire?
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If it is usb 2.0, it's not a huge difference. There have been threads saying usb 2.0 can be better than firewire or at least equal. An advantage of USB will be if you buy a newer MacBook without firewire you can still use thed riv.
     
  3. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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    Firewire has better sustained transfer rates. If you're recording and need to playback/record many audio tracks at the same time, you want Firewire over USB 2.0.

    Backing up files however...it'll take a bit longer, but it's really not that bad.
     
  4. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Maybe I'm impatient but I'd never use USB2 for backing up my stuff because it takes far too long and it annoys me.
     
  5. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I haven't run into any problems without firewire. USB2 works just fine for me.
     
  6. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, if it's just for back-up, it should be fine. If you're going to be editing audio/video that's stored there, then you'd be better off with a FW 800 drive.
     

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