External HD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mBurns, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    Hi fellow MacRumors' users. I'm debating purchasing an external HD. I have a MacBook Pro Core Duo and am debating between a FireWire and USB 2.0 external. Which one will be faster in real-world use? I know I can use either for Time Machine. Will they both work for booting of the external if I want to Carbon Copy and boot my disk image on to another machine, or do I need to use a FireWire drive? Thanks for your time.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Both will boot on Intel Macs. Firewire will be faster.
  3. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    If your computer has a FW800 port on it, you might want to consider going with an external HDD that's internally SATA, and externally FW800. That will give you the best possible data throughput speed.

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