USB and FireWire daisy chaining.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Evolvere, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. Evolvere macrumors member

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    According to this thread it's not possible to daisy chain:
    Computer <---USB---> Drive A <---FireWire---> Drive B

    Is it possible to do the opposite?
    Computer <---FireWire---> Drive A <---USB---> Drive B

    I imagine it's not but I could not find a definite answer anywhere, and I was hoping to but a cheaper USB drive as a second backup where speed is not essential. And if it's not possible to daisy chain the two drives, is it possible to connect both to a MacBook and transfer data from one to the other through the computer. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You cannot chain through the drive (FW drive cannot be a USB host) but both can connect and transfer through the computer.
     
  3. Evolvere thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent, thanks for the quick reply. I'll just transfer the data through the computer.
     

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