External DVD Burner speed USB 2.0 vs. Firewire

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macrominnie, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. macrominnie macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    I am looking for a new External DVD Burner. Blue Ray is not needed. Firewire DVD devices cost significantly more. A 5.25 inch (desktop) model is fine. The portable ones seem flimsy and only come in USB.

    Is there any speed advantage in DVD writing with a Firewire burner vs USB ?
    Or is the writing speed the limiting factor, far below the USB throughput rate ?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    To me, the added speed of Firewire wouldn't make much of a difference because I never burn at maximum speed anyway. For music discs and other things like that it's fine, but I occasionally run into file errors if I put my external to max write speed.

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