USB2.0 vs FW400 HDD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by mrgreen4242, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I'm looking to get a HDD enclosure to go with a mini. I was looking at FW devices, as I had assumed they'd be the speediest, but it occured to me that USB2.0 is technically faster than FW400... now, that doesn't make it so... I was wondering if anyone could point me to some benchmarks for USB2.0 drives vs FW400 ones, on a G4 (preferably mini) system. barefeats had some tests comparing FW drives to the internal drives on the mini, but I didn't see any mention of USB2.0 enclosures.

    There's a lot of USB2.0 only enclosures out there that are very cheap compared to the FW ones available, so I was hoping to save a couple bux :)

  2. dav macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2004

    USB is only 480 megabits per second in tiny bursts, not for sustained transfers..


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