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OWC Mercury Elite Pro HD…which connection?


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I just recieved my OWC Mercury Elite Pro HD (300gb). I am not sure which connection to use for optimal performance though. The choices are: eSATA, FireWire 400 (1394A) Port, FireWire 800 (1394B) Ports—there are two of these or the USB 2.0 port.

I will be connecting to a MacPro and will be using the drive strictly for data backup.

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Someone might know otherwise, but AFAIK it's FireWire400.

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1. Since the two drives cost about the same, if you want the best portability, choose FireWire. If you want the best performance, choose SATA.

2. If you are using a single FireWire drive, there is no essential difference between connecting it via FireWire 400 or FireWire 800.
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Firewire 400, unless the Mac Pro has a Firewire 800 port, I think it does. That will give best performance.

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I'm not sure if any hard drives support FW800 yet, but I could be wrong.
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What do you mean Pulse? Its a feature on the enclosure, doesnt really have anything to do with the drive itself.

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My Bad, I was thinking of my recent trip to look for external hd enclosures. The ones the shop had didn't support FW800.
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