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    Question External Hard Drive Question
    Hey Guys I have a question about an external hard drive.

    So I decided i need an external hard drive for Leopard and Time Machine.
    So i went on to 'TradMe' (Basically eBay in New Zealand) and looked for a 120gb external hard drive.

    Let's say i wanted to buy this one.
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/P...-121074274.htm

    I noticed that all of them said USB.
    And as most of you know, MacBook Pros only have 2 USBs and i didnt want to use one of them for an external Hard drive which i will probably have plugged in 24/7.

    And I don't have anything that uses the firewire ports. So i want to use them instead of the usb ports.

    So my question is: Is there a way to use firewire instead of the usb? Is there like a USB to firewire cable?

    thnx. pls answer

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    You will have to get one with a firewire port. And external drives in the 2.5" form factor sporting a firewire are very hard to find cause they don't normally need speed.

    Lacie has one that should fit your bill though...
    http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/range.htm?id=10036

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    I have an older Lacie drive that is firewire. You can also invest in a USB expansion thingy...you know the ones that allow you to add additional connections.

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    these look like what i need.. but they are a little over my budget..

    oh well i guess ill have to work more before i can get it.....

    is there like an adapter for the ipod which allows it to use firewire?

    The reason i really dont want to use the usb is... here is a scenario

    I have the usb external hard drive plugged in for time machine, and my little reciever for my wireless mouse

    Suddenly i want to get my iPod charged for a long car ride....

    But That's 2 usbs used up already. But then, I want to move photos from my camera, which needs a usb port, and at the same time i also need to plug in my printer to print an important document?

    you know what i mean? I could do them one at a time, but it would take too long...

    any suggestions?

    BTW do you think that link was an ok hard drive for time machine if i decided to get it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaePod View Post
    But That's 2 usbs used up already. But then, I want to move photos from my camera, which needs a usb port, and at the same time i also need to plug in my printer to print an important document?
    Why not try a USB hub like this one from **** Smith Electronics?

    http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.sto...ct/View/XH1370

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