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mrobbie 03-17-2009 05:32 AM

External drive - USB or Firewire?
Just out of curiosity, who on here with an external drive connects with USB 2.0 and who is using Firewire?

I was looking at a WD drive with USB and FW connections, but noted that the USB only drive was much cheaper.

Are the benefits of FW worth the extra $$? I have seen some reports showing they are close together in speeds, and others that show on a Mac that FW is almost twice as fast

Thoughts on the matter appreciated!

Cheers :D

bobtomay 03-17-2009 06:09 AM

You can check out the thread I put together where I documented my search for an external drive. While it's 2 yrs old now, think it's still pretty accurate except for the pricing and the size of drives available. You can scroll down to post # 11 for the results of multiple timed tests of USB vs FW.

I have replaced my internal drive now with a 7200 rpm. Should probably post some more testing to see what effect that has on transfer speeds.

I will also say that 2 years later, I am still happy with my choice of the OWC enclosure. It has performed admirably well.

mrobbie 03-17-2009 07:01 AM

Thanks bobtomay

Good post that was an enjoyable read - real life speed tests based on file sizes rather than max speed is more meaningful in my mind, so yours has helped a lot :)

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