Need the fastest external drive

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  1. npriess macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I need a new external drive for my macbook pro.
    I need 1.5TB of capacity and found the Seagate FreeAgent Desk.

    But I am not sure if I should go with the Mac version which features a firewire 800 connection. Is it that much faster? And will the usb 2.0 interface be enough for 1080p playback?
     
  2. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    Go for firewire, yeah it is faster. USB 2.0 is alright, but with firewire you can see the difference in speed. Hope that helps

    - ikermalli
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I have no experience with the specific drive you reference,
    but yes, Firewire 800 is noticeably faster than USB 2.0

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. RealaT macrumors regular

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    I have both a FW400 and a USB2 external drives attached to my iMac, and 1080p video works flawlessly on both
     
  5. Benguitar Guest

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    Go with the FireWire

    FireWire pwns USB in speed.
     
  6. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies :)
    Any experience with the Mybook Studio drive from Western Digital then?
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yep, I have the 1TB and it has been flawless for me

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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  9. steveca macrumors 6502

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    Just got a USB 2 external drive and I am very happy of its speed. I actually thought it would be worse... So if money is no object I would get FW800 but if I were on a budget USB 2 and FW400 are close and USB 2 is cheaper.
     
  10. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just ordered a freeagent desk 1.5TB for mac :D
    Hope it will suit my needs.
     
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