I have to say that, I don't mind a lack of firewire, I don't use it much, but I do use it in TWO situations. 1, when I get an new machine, like i did. A new macbook. Sans FW. So I usually just clone my HD to the new machine... Or if i upgrade the HD I do the same, which I'm thinking of doing. 2. To backup my external. Which I smart update with Superduper. (for this I don't need FW but they only support that. How do i get a around this... is there setup that I can buy that will allow me to hook up two hard drives together and clone them without using the macbook, is there software that will allow me to use USB2 or Ethernet to do the same thing?