Is USB 2.0 Fast enough?

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  1. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    all i plan on using my external HD for is backups, using CCC is USB 2.0 Fast enough of will it be worth my while to spend the extra 30-40$ for a drive with Firewire 800?
     
  2. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    If all you're gonna do are backups then I wouldn't spend the extra money.

    Everyone has a different opinion though.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Just for backups, sure.

    If you can get a FW drive cheap then you'll be better off but for only using it for backups USB2 will suffice in a pinch
     
  4. soco macrumors 68030

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    Unless you're concerned about getting the backups done in a particular timeframe, then yes, it's fast enough. I use 2.0 to do my Time Machine backups on my MacBook Air hourly and have no issues.
     
  5. heisenberg123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    god point, right now im using an old WD My Book it has a 6 pin firewire, so im assuming its firewire 400, based on what ive researched that is not faster by much if at all than usb 2.0? i guess as long as the backups dont take much longer than they currently do i would be happy
     
  6. fisherking macrumors 603

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    after the initial backup, every additional backup is incremental. so usb should be fine.

    if you were working with audio recording, or film editing, fw would be essential, but usb works for backing up.
     
  7. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Have you considered a network drive instead? For a laptop, this is a huge improvement in backup frequency, because you don't have to manually connect the drive in order to back up. It will back up automatically whenever it is scheduled and the computer is on the network. Wireless is slow, but for day to day backups that doesn't matter, and for the big backups, Gigabit Ethernet is faster than even FW800.

    These drives can be bought starting at about $125 for 1TB.
     
  8. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    I know everyone is different, but I'm surprised how many people find USB 2.0 usable.

    USB 2.0 is too slow for me. Sure it doesn't matter much if you don't mind the time, but I personally do all my backups over Gigabit Ethernet.
     
  9. fisherking macrumors 603

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    if you're using time machine (i don't, personally), an incremental backup is not going to take much time at all.

    for anything requiring great speed, other options are certainly worth exploring.
     
  10. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you would be better off finding a USB 3.0 external drive which of course is USB 2.0 compatible. This way if in 2012 and beyond if you upgrade you mac and it is an Ivy Bridge it will natively support USB 3.0 witch Apple will 99.999% support. Firewire is dying. I wouldn't invest in it going forward.
     
  11. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Shouldn't be too surprising. $$ trumps many other things for most people it seems.
     
  12. fisherking macrumors 603

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    lots of uses for usb 2.0.

    audio interfaces
    midi interfaces
    backup drives
    flash drives

    am an audio pro, using a usb interface, and all is well.

    we have 2 usb ports on our macs; should we not use them?
     
  13. Takashi macrumors regular

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    Get Firewire if $$ is not an issue, or if the price for firewire interface is comparable to USB. You never know what you might plan to use your HD for in the future.
     
  14. tahoeroscoe macrumors regular

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    FW800 is about 40% faster in real world performance. You decide, if it's a long term solution i would spend the extra dough.
     
  15. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    Spend a few extra $$. USB 2.0 is slow as molasses. FW800 is much better.
     

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