External drive - FW800 or 400?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by torpy, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. torpy macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to buy an external drive for my MacBook Pro. Currently on the list is the Western Digital MyBook series (mainly because they have a 100-240v compatibility - I travel a lot). Anywho, I'll mainly be using the drive for backups and archival of media, documents, etc. It's not planned as an always-on, always-used drive, that's what my internal 160-gigger is for.

    Is firewire 800 really worth the approx $30 upgrade from a MyBook Premium to a Pro?

    Premium - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136030
    Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136047
     
  2. janitorC7 macrumors 6502a

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    yes, the speed bump is substantial
     
  3. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    FW800 is screaming fast and well worth $30 more IMO! You can also use a 800/400 cable to plug it into FW400 ports to make it more easily interchangeable with other computers.
     
  4. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    Really? The write speed of an HDD is nowhere near 400Mbps, let alone 800, so why would you see a speed increase?
     

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