FireWire for iPhoto

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

  1. benjai macrumors member

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    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

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    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.
     

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