FireWire for iPhoto

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by benjai, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. benjai macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2009
    I just replaced the internal HD on my ageing first gen alu iMac with an SSD and its blazing fast now. However, my iPhoto library is currently on a USB drive and performance of iPhoto has only improved marginally.

    Question is, if I was to replace the USB drive with a FW drive, will I see a marked improvement? I was thinking of either the G-Drive or WD Studio but I read that the WD only uses a 5400rpm drive which does make it a bit slower.

    Does anyone have experience with these or any other FW for iPhoto purposes?
  2. Jamkas macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2011
    North New Jersey
    Here is the difference between USB and Firewire.

    Now I imagine you will see a speed increase as you're obviously limited by the speed of the USB and not the hard drive.

    If you're going to have difficulty setting up a firewire iPhoto library, here is an old looking tutorial.

Share This Page