USB or Firewire?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bsheridan, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. bsheridan macrumors 6502

    bsheridan

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    Basically, I'm looking into getting an external HD for backing up purposes and am wondering if there is any noticeable difference in transfer rates for a USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 HD transfer?

    Will one slow down my mac more than the other?

    Thanks,B.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    FW400 > USB2.0 for large transfers. USB uses the CPU more than FireWire but I doubt the difference would be appreciable.
     
  4. R0ck-Ch1ck macrumors newbie

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    I second that.
     
  5. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Most HDs these days offer both so this shouldn't be a major problem. If you really can't get your hands on a FW one, USB will be slower the first time, but with smaller transfers the difference becomes less and less noticeable.

    Nonetheless, I still love FW and recommend that above all else.
     
  6. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    Firewire 400 = 400Mb/s = 50MB/s.
    USB 2.0 = 480Mb/s = 60MB/s

    You decide.
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I love how false this is. I've seen this on so many boxes and it's laughable.

    USB will not sustain that speed for long. If you have an older iPod that came with Firewire, you can test the transfer rate for yourself, and you will find just how much faster FW is over USB. ;)
     
  8. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    Actually I was being sarcastic. Go for firewire.
     
  9. CalBoy macrumors 604

    CalBoy

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    For god's sake, next time use an emoticon! :p
     
  10. djejrejk macrumors 6502a

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    FW400 is nice... FW800 is very nice.. if you can afford it.
     
  11. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    Ok ok... sheesh... :D
     

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