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  • 33% (2)
    USB only
  • 0% (0)
    Firewire only
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    USB & Firewire
  • 66% (4)
    USB & Firewire & eSATA
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post #1 of 9
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I'm in the market for an external drive. However, I'm not totally swayed for either USB nor Firewire.

USB is slow for data transfer, but helps with being portable to other machines.

Firewire is fast for data transfer, but not all machines have firewire.

With the introduction of 1Tb drives, the 640Gb drive have recently dropped in price to the 500Gb retail listing. This is very attractive now since the 500Gb drives are dropping in price too.

So, what to do? Get a USB dealing with the longer transfer time of backing up photos, audio (conference recordings), and computer driver and SP's or go firewire for speed or have an external drive that does both?

The drive that does both port standards of course costs more money.

Then there are ones that do USB/Firewire/eSATA !!! $$$

Hmmm. Newegg better have some sales soon on this before I either loose data or loose $$$ buying something.
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post #2 of 9
Last time I checked....

USB2 out-performs Firewire in terms of raw transferspeed.
But, USB is a poorly designed interface and for some applications such as audio streaming or video editing, firewire is preferred.

I don't know much about E-sata.
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post #3 of 9
I say if your just using it as a backup drive, then just get whatever your computer has.
I made a mistake in getting a Firewire External when other computers in my house don't have a Firewire port.
Try to get an external that supports more then one format based on what is avaliable to you.
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post #4 of 9
eSATA is the fastest. It's just a SATA interface used outside the PC. Get one with eSATA if you can.
 
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post #5 of 9
I didnt notice the esata option thats the up and coming or the newer one of those. I voted Usb

Usb 3.0 FTW
    
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Truambitionz View Post
Last time I checked....

USB2 out-performs Firewire in terms of raw transferspeed.
But, USB is a poorly designed interface and for some applications such as audio streaming or video editing, firewire is preferred.

I don't know much about E-sata.
actually, because of the way USB is processed, you will never get your rated transfer speed, so therefore, firewire is faster.


But considering the option, I'd go with e-SATA if you could, as it is SATA with an EMI shielded cable, and a stronger connector at the ends (no "L" shape)

And if not e-SATA, then go firewire
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post #7 of 9
I think some have the mulitple interfaces, versatility is very good
    
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post #8 of 9
I would get USB since all computer have USB so you can transfer to other computers easily.
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
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actually, because of the way USB is processed, you will never get your rated transfer speed, so therefore, firewire is faster.


But considering the option, I'd go with e-SATA if you could, as it is SATA with an EMI shielded cable, and a stronger connector at the ends (no "L" shape)

And if not e-SATA, then go firewire
So that's kind of what I said.
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