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Old 07-22-04, 08:19 AM
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Old firewire connection good enough?

I am a complete novice when it comes to what many of you guys know... so my question is probably quite simple.

I have USB 1.1 and I know that the 2.0 is much faster. But what about Firewire? Was it ever updated? I have a 5-year-old Dell that has an IEEE 1394 Firewire port. Is that good enough for an external hard drive or portable HD MP3 player? (I'm using Windows 98 SE if it matters or not...probably does w/ an external HD and needing a driver).

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IEEE 1394 (AKA Firewire) is still VERY fast.

They have done head-to-head comparisons between USB 2.0 and Firewire and it has yielded that USB 2.0 is only slightly better or equal to Firewire.

Right now, there is no need for a new Firewire (except the wireless variety) but there was a need for a new USB since it was so slow and had to catch-up to Firewire.

Furthermore, Firewire is designed to transfer A LOT of data. It's primary design was for digital camcorders. I use a firewire connection for my Generation 3 iPod and it took a couple of minutes to transfer 6GB of music, which actually isn't that bad when you consider it.
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1394b is starting to make itself known, but normal 1394 Firewire is still awesome stuff!
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Thanks guys... I was talking to a tech geek at work last night and he simply would not believe that my 1999 computer came with a firewire port. Got me to questioning how I ever used my digital video camera back in 2000 for some minor editing. Anyway, I do have one!
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I am thinking about adding some usb 2.0 ports to my computer. My computer only came with 1.1 when I bought it. For about another $30 or $40 Canadian I can add a card that has a firewire port as well. What is the advantage of firewire over usb? Are there any peripherals that i won't be able to use because they don't come in a non firewire version?


Originally posted by Brain Stew
Furthermore, Firewire is designed to transfer A LOT of data.
So it' better than usb?
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I have never seen a speed comparison that showed USB 2.0 being as fast as IEEE 1394 Firewire in practice. Theoretically USB 2.0 would be by its specs, but it has too much overhead and Firewire ends up significantly faster.
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Originally posted by ten41
So it' better than usb?
That depends on the application.

For hooking up a keyboard, printer, or media card reader? Hell no.

For hooking up a camcorder or webcam? Hell yeah.
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
That depends on the application.

For hooking up a keyboard, printer, or media card reader? Hell no.

For hooking up a camcorder or webcam? Hell yeah.

What about an external hard drive?

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Originally posted by ten41
What about an external hard drive?
Firewire is substantially faster with an external hard drive.

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