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Ditching Internal Drives for External?

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September 4, 2004 1:41:16 AM

The other day I was looking in my case, which is quite a mess as I have lots of crap in there. I was thinking that I generally don't use my CD drives and such very often, as I generally use no-CD patches/cracks for my games.

So I was thinking about making my CDRW drive, DVD Drive, and Backup HD all external, to open up some room in my computer, and clear out some wiring (plenty of desk space, so no worries there).

I am assuming USB 2.0 should be enough bandwidth for this stuff? Or should I go firewire?

Am I not thinking of something? Are there drawbacks to doing this?


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September 4, 2004 4:42:53 AM

Welcome to the world of Mac! That's what their older systems used to look like when upgraded, that's also the direction manufacturers are trying to force with cubes.

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September 4, 2004 11:17:03 PM

So is there any reason not to do this?

I don't really use the drives very often, just everynow and then to install stuff, and lot of the stuff I install, I am starting to keep on my network.

USB 2.0 is plenty of bandwidth right? I would like to clean up all wires in my case.

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September 5, 2004 5:40:33 AM

USB 2.0 has 60MB/s. Of course with controller overhead and so forth it can drop in half, but the good news is that's pleanty for most devices. Just tested a new high end drive, 37-62MB/s from the media on a SATA150 connection.

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September 5, 2004 10:34:41 AM

Would firwire be a better choice? Obvisuly 60 MB a second is more than most drives are capable of read/writing, but 30 MB could decrease performance in some cases. From what I have been seeing there isn't a big price difference between firewire and USB. My board has an abudance of both ports, so it's not a big deal really.

The only real downside to firewire that I see, is that not every computer has it, almost all computers (at this point) have USB.

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September 5, 2004 6:49:50 PM

Firewire provides 50MB/s a little more consistantly IMO, but the difference seems fairly small in practice. I'd probably go Firewire except that USB 2.0 is more common.

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