Hey guys, (and gals) - just wondering as I've ordered an external hd, what's the supposed fastest way of connecting the drive? usb 2.0 is rated at 480mbps and firewire is 400. I know there is a firewire 800 version but my pci card wont support that.
Some people have suggested firewire is better on bigger files? I haven't a clue... any ideas?!
Thanks in advance :D
p.s. the drive has usb2 and firewire ports so I will have a choice.
Fire wire is faster than USB2- But the differential as for as use is concerned is nothing - simply go for the one that fits your machine. If it is USB then that's the drive to go for
Both USB and Firewire ports are available as PCI cards- typically 4 external and 1 internal and cost £15-30 depending what you buy and where from- Computer fairs can be cheapest- High street stores are dearest. Which to buy - well you could wind up with a 5 port fire-wire card and have only the Fire-wire drive attached other fire-wire stuff is pretty rare still- so my advice - USB for most practical uses.
Been using a Maxtor One-Touch external 80GB Hard Drive via USB(2) for over a year without any problems - and it is fast provided you have USB(2)available. If you have not got USB(2) on your MB, then get a USB(2) PCI Card....this is what I did. I find the Belkin PCI cards from PCW very reliable.
Like you I use the USB 2 connector to my external HDD. Its a Lacie with a Seagate Disc.
The truth is it performs extremely well and if it is slower it is not something I have experienced as a practical problem. My HDD has a separate power supply which is not fed from the USB port so that may help.
I think De Marcus provided some useful figures a while ago (if he reads this, he might post them again, because I can't locate them) that showed Firewire to have a better real-world data rate despite the slower on-paper figure, particularly in the sustained test, if I remember correctly. That is in addition to the benefits mentioned in anskyber's link.