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10 October 2004, 01:50 PM
I have a new Lacie external HD and it is currently connected via USB2 but I do have the option to go thru Firewire 800...but my question is...

Is this option worth the 70 dollars for the card? What exactly is the speed differences?


10 October 2004, 06:41 AM

Compares FW 800 to USB2, check out the benchmark page with graphs if you don't want to read the whole article

10 October 2004, 12:06 PM
thanks for the info. It looks like it comes down too how good the drive is to how well it performs with either USB2 or Lacie wasn't listed, I think I just might stay with the USB2, if the FW800 cards where half the price then I probably would just get one.

10 October 2004, 03:46 PM
We just got Lacie Bigger Disk 1 terabyte (931 Gb in reality) and USB2 connection works fast enough for media storage purpose. I have FW400, but USB2 is a bit faster. I haven't even considered FW800 for my purpose.


10 October 2004, 06:18 PM
Just store this in the back of your mind:

You can build a ethernet network with the firwire interface. $70 for an 800 Mbit ethernet "card" so to speak, is a pretty good deal compared to Gigabit NIC cards. I don't recall ever hearing of Ethernet over USB though. The benefit of FW over USB I *think* is that FW can have longer cables (think audio/video equipment cables).

10 October 2004, 06:00 AM
The speed of your hard drive may be affected by other factors other than the link. However, if you're talking about the link (the cable connection), this is how it stands...

Firewire 400 and USB2 both transmit approximately 400mb/s. USB2 may have a marginally higher peak performance, but Firewire 400 gives a better sustained performance (making it better for video).

You can't compare Firewire 800 to USB2. Firewire 800 is twice as fast as USB2. Firewire 800 leaves USB2 in the dust.

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