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Old 06-14-02, 02:52 PM
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Firewire 1394 vs. 1394b

I'm thinking about buying an external HD for my laptop (running XP Pro, going to use the HD mainly to store mp3s, videos, and games) and was wondering if anyone knows anything about the firewire 1394b (~800Mps). I've read a few articles on it, and was wondering when it was going to hit the mainstream consumer market.

Should I just get a 1394 card now with 7200rpm HD? or hold out for the 1394b? Will there be much of a performance difference for the applications that I am using?

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Hard drives can't deliver sustained transfer rates anywhere near the limit on 1394 as is, let alone what 1394b will offer. I would just get something now.

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Make sure your FW drive has the Oxford 911 chipset. It's twice as fast as earlier chips and will exceed the transfer speed of any ATA drive out today.

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