External Hard Drive question

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Chasealicious, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Chasealicious macrumors member


    May 6, 2005
    Fayetteville, AR
    I work with digital video and am looking to replace my 200GB external work drive. Problem is, 90% of the drives I'm seeing now are solely UBS 2.0, not firewire.

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that firewire has some distinct advantages over USB for use in editing. Am I just making that up, or should I stick with a firewire drive?
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    firewire has a faster average transfer rate, so yes, it is definitely better for editing....

    there are a lot of good firewire enclosures out there. so worse case scenario if you don't find a good external with firewire: buy an internal and put that in an enclosure that has firewire. you actually will get a longer warranty that way.
  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    Firewire vs. USB Architecture
    FireWire, uses a "Peer-to-Peer" architecture in which the peripherals are intelligent and can negotiate bus conflicts to determine which device can best control a data transfer

    Hi-Speed USB 2.0 uses a "Master-Slave" architecture in which the computer handles all arbitration functions and dictates data flow to, from and between the attached peripherals (adding additional system overhead and resulting in slower data flow control)
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The reason for all the USB drives is that cheap PC don't have firewire.
    Firewire is faster but just as importently firewire is less CPU intensive so it does not slow down other things

    These guys will have what you need at a good price
  5. motherduce macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Get an enclosure with FW and USB ($35-50), then you can put whatever HD you want in there, and swap them out.
  6. billchase2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    i have a maxtor which has both firewire and USB 2.0. i use it for all my video editing.
  7. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Firewire400 may have a lower top speed than USB2, but unlike USB2, it's constant. If your drive does 50Mbps, then FW will keep it at 50Mbps, whereas USB2 will go from 20Mbps to 50Mbps to 10Mbps to 50Mbps etc etc. This makes Firewire a lot better for video and audio, as you want a constant stream, rather than a few higher-res stutter-shots.

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