Fire wire or an usb connection

  Daiol 17:01 24 Nov 2012

Hi.Hoping that santa will bring me a new external HDD for backup purposes.I'm using windows 7 home premium. Just thinking of my best option to get,Would it be the 1st option for a firewire or a 2nd option an USB connection for this new HDD. Is it possible,I have a firewire connection socket on the rear of my desktop. Any thoughts on that please. Many Thanks.

  northumbria61 17:09 24 Nov 2012

This may help enter link description here (referring to USB 2.0 of course)

  northumbria61 17:12 24 Nov 2012
  Bris 17:36 24 Nov 2012

I believe Firewire was developed by Apple and used primarily for video. It was adopted by Microsoft as the easiest way of getting video from a camcorder into Windows as the earlier camcorders only had a firewire interface probably as, at the time, USB 1 was the only USB standard that was available and it was too slow for streaming video.

With the advent of USB2 and USB3 camcorders became increasingly fitted with a USB interface and firewire is gradually being phased out. I think you will struggle to find an external HDD with a firewire interface and would advise USB anyway in view of the fact that its becoming a universal standard at the expense of firewire.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:26 24 Nov 2012

Forget firewire you won't see a drive with that sort of connection.

USB3 is fastest esata or USB2 common

for ease of use on an older PC USB2 is probably what you'll end up with, fast enough for back ups.

I leave my machine backing up and image overnight 200G tends to be a little slow over USB2 :0)

  Daiol 14:25 25 Nov 2012

Many thanks all,Sorry for delay in replying.had my granddaughter for a sleepover. The info provided looks as it will have to be an USB connection. Have to find an ideal external HDD next. Most grateful for all the help from this forum. david.

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