Thunderbolt or Firewire

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

  1. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    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


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    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

    Dec 14, 2010
    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

    May 8, 2008
    Ok thanks for the responses. I thought the FireWire would be a good option.
  5. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Yeah stick to FW for now. Fast enough for your needs.

    Thunderbolt is just a bit too expensive right now.

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