Firewire Or USB?

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Old 12-14-06, 10:28 AM
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Firewire Or USB?

I just ordered a 200Gig Seagate external HD & it evidently comes with both USB & Firewire connections. I have never used Firewire. Is there a benefit over USB 2.0?
 
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Old 12-14-06, 10:50 AM
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There's a reason they call it firewire. Speed.
 
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Old 12-15-06, 03:12 AM
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Firewire vs USB

Assuming you have USB 2.0 here are the comarisons in speed and features:

USB 2.0

1. 1.5 Mbit/s 12Mbit/s 480Mbit/s supported.
2. USB controller is required to control the bus and data transfer.
3. Cable up to 5 m.
4. Up to 127 devices supported.
5. Power supply to external devices is 500 mA/5V (max).
6. Full compatibility with USB 1.1 devices.

FireWire (IEEE1394)

1. 100 Mbit/s 200Mbit/s 400Mbit/s supported.
2. Works without control, devices communicate peer-to-peer.
3. Cable up to 4.5 m.
4. Up to 63 devices supported.
5. Power supply to external devices is 1.25A/12V (max.).
 
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