External HDD for Mini USB 2.0 or FW800 Will it matter

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wicked1, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I have an Mini which is our Server for all iTunes music, movies etc. I have two new drives USB (cheap seagate) and FW800 (cost a little more seagate)

    Does it matter which one I run iTunes from, I do not see too much of a difference when running from USB as opposed to FW, but need to know before I move my 1.5TB of data to either of these 2 TB drives and which one will work best if it matters at all..
     
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Moving the data to the Drive will be much quicker with the FW 800.
    But once its over you wont see a difference. USB will be fast enough for streaming your content.
     
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    In theory fw utilises the CPU less than USB does.
     
  4. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    For a server, FireWire is noticeably faster. For just holding media to playback later or time machine backups, USB is just fine.
     
  5. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    Correct in practice, too. Especially on older hardware. When accessing an external USB hard drive, I've seen CPU usage vary from 5% to 30%. With Firewire, there is no CPU increase.

    However, a USB drive will be fine for watching videos on a decently powered machine.
     
  6. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Decided to go with the USB since it is a cheaper drive and use the FW800 as a Backup since I run CCC from the internal to that drive every other week.

    I switched to FW800 a while ago and forgot how slow USB is when copying around 1 TB of data, ugh
     

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