FireWire 800 port in plain English

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by calvinc, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. calvinc macrumors member

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    I don't know much about computers. I know that MacBook does not have the FireWire port. Can someone explain to me in plain English what's a firewire port and what it's used for? Thanks.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its like a USB port but twice as fast. Its used mainly for external disks and professional audio interfaces.
     
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    Firewire 800 is a fast port (up to 75MB/s) to connect external HDDs and DV/miniDV/HDV camcorders or decks or external audio interfaces.
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It is similar to a USB port, which I assume you know what that is. It is used for the same types of things, and can transfer data at a faster speed. However it is less common and more expensive.
     
  5. calvinc thread starter macrumors member

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    like an external hard drive?
     
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    Yes.
     

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