FireWire vs. USB

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by spectorbassguy, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. spectorbassguy macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2004
    On my G4 Dual 1 Gig Power Mac I've been running various FireWire 400 external hard drives over the last couple of years and have had 3 of them die in the last 4 months. :confused: I've done all the repair utilities and no help - LaCie tells me that they have probably just failed and need replacement. I've seen lots of posts on different forums - a lot of people seem to have this happening quite often.

    My question: Does anyone know if the External Hard Drives with FireWire AND USB 2.0 connections will be more reliable and longer lasting if I use the USB port? I really don't want to be buying new drives every year or two.

    Also: What brand do you consider to be the most reliable external hard drive? How about the least reliable?

  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    My Maxtor 80 GB FireWire drive is something like 4 years old now and is working smoothly. There were moments when it didn't seem to want to work but after I started carrying it back and forth to classes, it behaved better.

    I'm not sure I would trust Maxtor or Western Digital but the smaller the company, the less faith I would have. It depends on the price, as well. Some bargains are no bargain at all.
  3. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    LaCie is supposed to be pretty good
    the HD failing most likely has to do with the actual hard drive and not the connection used, so switching to USB wouldn't help other than to slow down the data transfer rate
  4. unixkid macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2004
    = (

    usb is sllooowwww... use firewire simply because its faster and puts out 45w of power and usb puts out 2.5 so if u use a firewire drive it can be powered by the single cord instead of needing a power-cord to go with it. usb is for small, very low-power, or low speed devices like a mouse or keyboard.
  5. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    i think he's talking about usb 2.0
  6. jermsmingy macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2002
    I have a friend who is a professional musician that I used to do some assistant work for. Anyway, he bought a western digital after talking to all of his buddies. They all said it was the best and most reliable. As for maxtor I have lots of trouble with mine and eveyone I know that has one doesn't like it. That's my 2 cents.
  7. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Also, I've never seen a bus powered full-size external FireWire drive. Yeah, they've got the 2.5 inch drives, but never a full size hard disk. (Am I wrong?)
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    All the 3.5 inch drives I've seen, including mine, have a power brick.
  9. gbojim macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2002
    Neither USB nor Firewire have anything to do with physical drive failure.
  10. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    ive been using a maxtor 80 gig firewire drive for about a year now and it has never failed me... btw... it also has a power brick...

    i know someone with a 20 gig flywire[?] drive that is powered off the firewire cable itself...

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