Can anyone verify this one way or the other. Here is a copy of what I was told on another forum. "As a rule, we choose either to go SATA, which requires no bridge board, or we go Firewire and USB. The reason being that ALL enclosures that have both SATA and USB or FW connectors bridge the data from the drives to Firewire and then back to SATA. This means the SATA port on the drive has every weakness of the Firwire or USB port and none of the advantages of just plain old fast simple SATA. We never recommend nor use USB for hard disk data transfers. USB was never intended for that use and does it supremely poorly. USB is great for keyboards and cameras, horrible for high speed stuff. So stick with SATA or Firewire. And if you can go SATA then just go SATA. SATA is simple. A SATA bus uses no bridges, it talks to the drives using the same type of data transfer protocol that goes over the external wires. Simple and faster. Any time you add in a bridge, like a Firewire USB bridge, you add complexity. This means it is slower and less reliable. More ways to fail."