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Gina Cox
 

USB vrs Firewire


Can you tell the difference when transferring digital photos via USB vs. firewire? From what Iíve read, firewire is usually used when transferring video. Iím looking at purchasing the LaCie Rugged external hard drive, which comes with either USB or USB/firewire, but do not know if spending the extra for firewire is worth it.


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5/3/2009 10:45:42 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Yes Gina,
there is a huge difference in speed. With my USB CF card reader it takes 15-20 minutes to download a 4GB card. With firewire it takes about 3 minutes. Its the same with hard drives. All of my drives are firewire 400 or 800 and the speed really makes a difference. I have (2) 750GB Iomega mini-mac hard drives that are stackable and provide 3 additional firewire ports. My portable LaCie Rugged HD for my Macbook Pro is also firewire.
My friend was downloading an 8gb card through her USB camera cable from her 1Ds Mark II camera and it was taking her almost an hour to do so on her MacBook Pro. I loaned her my firewire CF card reader and she downloaded an 8GB card in 6 minutes on that same Macbook.
Carlton


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5/4/2009 12:20:23 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Hi Carlton, does it work only with Apple hardware or will it work with Windows too?


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5/4/2009 3:34:30 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Usman,
I would believe so though I never had a firewire port on my Windows PCs when I used them.


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5/4/2009 7:45:25 AM

 
Gina Cox   Carlton,
Thanks for all the info! That was very helpful.

I have a Dell laptop with Vista OS and it has a firewire port. However, it's 4 pin port and the LaCie Rugged comes with 6 and 9 pin ports. I guess I'll have to purchase a 4 to 6 pin cable to transfer to the Rugged HD.

FYI - The System Requirements for the LaCie Rugged 500GB with 400 and 800 firewire are: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista / Mac OS X 10.3 or higher; Minimum 128MB RAM.

Thanks again,
Gina


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5/4/2009 10:29:27 AM

 
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