Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Iomega01, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Iomega01 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2007
    I've never used Firewire and don't have any experience with it.

    However I do know that the transfer rate is 400. So my question is... why use Firewire400 when USB2.0 is capable of 480?
  2. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    Firewire traditionally has had a much better sustained transfer rate than USB, even though the theoretical speed is lower. More info is on Wikipedia
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I don't think USB 2.0 actually performs at that speed when using External drives. Firewire 400 has always been faster then USB 2.0 for me...

    Firewire provides more power also, so you are much less likely to have issues with an external drive requiring a power supply, or one of those stupid Y-cables. This was my main reason for wanting Firewire on my exteral drives...
  4. GirthP macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2007
    If you do the Google, you'll find that rated speeds and actual speeds are not always the same.

    I prefer firewire to usb for file transfer any day of the week.

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