[X4U] Firewire or USB 2

Paul Moortgat paul.moortgat at pandora.be
Fri Mar 4 10:32:09 PST 2005

In Macwelt a German Mac magazine was an article in which was written 
that with USB 2 one can loose the drive.  It seems not complete stable 
for Mac.  I only can tell what I've read.  I know a friend who bought a 
USB 2 pocket drive and had to give it back because his G4 PB could not 
see that drive.  He replaced it with a firewire.

Paul Moortgat

On 04 Mar 2005, at 19:07, Peter Krug wrote:

> On Mar 4, 2005, at 11:34 AM, Allan Rube¹ wrote:
>> My old firewire drive is dead. I have a G4 dual with usb 1 and 
>> Firewire 400.
>> I could get a firewire drive for $200 or for the same price buy a usb 
>> 2
>> drive (same size) and a 4 usb 2 card to install in my Mac.
>> Is there any disadvantage of going the usb 2 route? It seems that way 
>> I
>> could use the drive when I go visit my son who has a pc.
>> Is it a simple plug and play (no software) for the usb card (I was 
>> looking
>> at a store brand card at CompUSA.
> Allan,
> If you are going to use the drive on your son's PC and your mac, it 
> either needs to be formatted as FAT32 (for windows) or you will have 
> to install a program on the PC to allow it to see the Mac-formatted 
> drive.
> For sustained transfers, USB2 is slower than FW400.  If you are just 
> using it for backups or small file transfers, it's probably not a big 
> deal which way you go.  If you are going to use the drive as a DV 
> scratch disk, you need to stick with Firewire.
> You could always install a FW card in your son's PC, also.
> Peter
> A little computer haiku:
> I can't remember
> the last time I restarted
> I love OS X

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