External drive - FW800 or 400?

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

  1. torpy macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2007
    Sydney + Los Angeles
    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


    Feb 10, 2006
    North Hollywood, CA
    yes, the speed bump is substantial
  3. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    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

    Jun 7, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    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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