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External FireWire VS. USB 2.0 hard drive?

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October 28, 2003 12:40:43 AM

I am looking at buying an external hard drive for my computer. I am looking at a FireWire hard drive and a USB 2.0 hard drive.

1. Which format is quicker?
2. Any pros/cons of either?


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October 28, 2003 7:58:39 AM

1. They are roughly the same speed
2. Firewire controllers usually have a bit less CPU overhead, USB 2.0 is compatable with more systems.

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October 29, 2003 12:37:24 AM

October 29, 2003 11:42:33 PM

Another vote for my WD 80GB. Tried my friends USB 2.0 and noticed slower transfer speeds as well as pretty bad access times...I may have had a potential USB 2.0 driver problem, however.