So its faster than FW 800?

TheMonarch

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Hello all. I want to buy a FW enclosure for my 200GB drive and I remembered that my PB 17 has Gigabit ethernet, so that means its faster than my FW 800 right?

Im slightly confused.

Are there gigabit ethernet HD enclosures?

If not, why not? Its supposed to be faster right? :confused:
 

macorama

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a) you won't get an Gigabit ethernet enclosure for your HD without getting a fairly specialized device.

b) while 800 is a small number than 1000, Firewire 800 is probably faster than Gigabit anyway, being designed for connecting to drives/cameras etc. If you start having collisions on gigabit ethernet then the actual throughput will really drop.
 

Cuckoo

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blaskillet4 said:
Hello all. I want to buy a FW enclosure for my 200GB drive and I remembered that my PB 17 has Gigabit ethernet, so that means its faster than my FW 800 right?

Im slightly confused.

Are there gigabit ethernet HD enclosures?

If not, why not? Its supposed to be faster right? :confused:

Well, yes and no....

although the discussion is kinda short on the topic if 1gbit is faster than 800mbit. Firewire has some advantages over ethernet.

Or rather, ethernet has some drawbacks.

So i'd say

in theory 1gbit could be faster, but in real life fw800 outperforms greatly. Ethernet tends to lose it's speed at a high demand among other problems.