FW 800/400 vs. USB 2.0 for External HDs

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mikesjo, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. mikesjo macrumors regular

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    I've got a 160GB external and just purchased another Seagate Freeagent 500GB USB 2.0 HD. How much faster are the FW800 drives/enclosures at transfering files vs. the USB 2.0 drives? It took me about 40mins to transfer close to 40GB yesterday...

    I'm using my MBP 2.2 SR.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Considering that FW400 is actually faster than USB2.0 at sustained transfers I would venture to guess more than twice as fast.
     
  3. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Transferring 40 gb will take about 16 minutes via FW800. I just tried it for you :) (transferring 40 gb of iTunes to external FW800 HD, says ~16 minutes).

    I've always been a USB 2.0 guy, until I recently got the MyBook Pro 500gb with FW800. There is no way I'm going back to USB 2.0. FW is incredible.
     
  4. alljunks macrumors regular

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    Firewire is alot more stable compare to USB 2.0, i would say u can see big change in the speed....when transfering large files!!!!11
     
  5. mikesjo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damnit...I should've looked into FW before jumping on the seagate drive :(.
     

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