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    Best order for Firewire?
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    I did a search for this and really nothing special came up.

    I have an external Blueray drive and 1 2TB External (movie and music storage) and 1 320GB external (time machine)

    All Are Firewire capable

    On my 13" MBP what would be the best order to connect them? Or does it even matter

    I was going to go with DVD-2TB-320 but since the 2TB gets used alot for large files I started to doubt myself.

    I don't really have alot of experience with Firewire.

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    The MBP only has one Firewire port. Are you connecting just one device at a time, or are you going to connect via Firewire hub? As far as the device order goes, it should not make a difference. However, I have heard that the Apple DVD Player does not play from external drives. That may be a moot point if your external BluRay drive has its own software, though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccloud View Post
    The MBP only has one Firewire port. Are you connecting just one device at a time, or are you going to connect via Firewire hub? As far as the device order goes, it should not make a difference. However, I have heard that the Apple DVD Player does not play from external drives. That may be a moot point if your external BluRay drive has its own software, though..
    Nope, all at the same time, currently I have just my 2TB and the 320 daisy chained, i was asking how to include the DVD drive into the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccloud View Post
    The MBP only has one Firewire port. Are you connecting just one device at a time, or are you going to connect via Firewire hub? As far as the device order goes, it should not make a difference. However, I have heard that the Apple DVD Player does not play from external drives. That may be a moot point if your external BluRay drive has its own software, though..
    Firewire external hard drives typically have two ports to allow for daisy-chaining.

    As far as performance goes, I would tend to think (although I have no evidence of it) that the drive closest to the host of the chain would have the greater benefit since it wouldn't have to relay data through another device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Firewire external hard drives typically have two ports to allow for daisy-chaining.

    As far as performance goes, I would tend to think (although I have no evidence of it) that the drive closest to the host of the chain would have the greater benefit since it wouldn't have to relay data through another device.
    Yes, my Western Digital 2TB has the two ports, and I currently have a seagate 320GB hooked (which only has one port) to the second port, my external DVD drive has 2 as well, i think i'm just going to hook it together and see how things play out. I'll post what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Firewire external hard drives typically have two ports to allow for daisy-chaining.

    As far as performance goes, I would tend to think (although I have no evidence of it) that the drive closest to the host of the chain would have the greater benefit since it wouldn't have to relay data through another device.
    I agree, any extra device in the chain will reduce response time, but you might not even notice .... however I would connect the device you use most often as the first in the chain

    some1 above mentioned a hub, firefire doesn't support that, it's strictly point to point as far as I know that's the difference between firewire and usb - usb can be "branched" at a price of being a bit slower

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    FireWire does not care about device ordering, nor does it get slower with additional devices. (Except, of course, if you have a FW400 device between your computer and a FW800 device.) That's why it's so useful, and why it's usually more expensive.

    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    some1 above mentioned a hub, firefire doesn't support that, it's strictly point to point as far as I know
    Nope. There are FireWire hubs, though they're not usually necesary as they are with USB. You'd only need them if you have several devices with only one port.

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