USB2.0 vs Firewire Ext. HDD iMac Core2Duo

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bmcgonag, May 16, 2007.

  1. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

    bmcgonag

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    I currently have 5 external HDD's hooked up through a 7 port hub on my iMac Core2Duo, and they work great!

    I have two more SATA drives 300 GB each, an ATA drive 300 GB that I want to remove from my old windows machine and put in external enclosures to connect as well.

    Any suggestions as to whether I should continue with USB2.0 and another hub, or move to Firewire?

    Are there Firewire hubs, or do you have to daisy-chain them?

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Firewire has a faster sustained transfer rate than USB2.0. I haven't seen any hubs but that doesn't mean they are not out there. Most people daisy chain their FW drives.
     
  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Yes, there are firewire hubs (google), and yes, use firewire. Even FW400 is faster than USB2 at sustained data transfer, even if USB2 peak transfer rate is higher.

    Hub
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Move what you can to FireWire. FireWire hubs are sold and a normally found around Apple hardware as well.

    If you have a Fry's Electronics around check them. I've seen them offer lots of hubs.
     
  5. bmcgonag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Awsome! Firewire it is!

    Thanks,

    Brian (off to Fry's)
     
  6. brop52 macrumors 68000

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