Thunderbolt or Firewire

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lsvtecjohn3, May 11, 2012.

  1. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

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    I need help on deciding on whether I should buy Thunderbolt or Firewire 800 external hard drive.

    I plan on buying a 6 TB hd soon to store my iTunes library on. My library is a little bit bigger than 1 TB and growing. I have over 10,000 pictures i also want to back up, and I want to download all my videos I have on my video camera and store them all in one place. Right now I have 550Gb left from my 2TB HD on my iMac.

    I'm going to configure it to RAID 1

    Should I go Thunderbolt because of the speed and because it's the newer technology? Or should I go Firewire because its cheaper and once I get everything over to the external speed won't matter.
     
  2. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    IMO for what you want FW 800 would be more than fast enough and a fraction of the cost of thunderbolt.
     
  3. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I agree with the above. I also still use FW800 drives and find them more then enough for my uses, including some video editing using FW800 as scratch disks.
     
  4. lsvtecjohn3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks for the responses. I thought the FireWire would be a good option.
     
  5. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah stick to FW for now. Fast enough for your needs.

    Thunderbolt is just a bit too expensive right now.
     

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