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Easy: USB 1.1 = 12 Mbit/s Firefire 400 = 400 Mbit/s USB 2.0 = 480 Mbit/s FireWire 800 = 800 Mbit/s USB 3.0 = 5 Gbit/s eSATA = Up to 6 Gbit/s right now as it depend on the internal SATA chip. For the speed/throughput/bandwidth of more devices have look at this article on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_device_bit_rates#Peripheral There ...


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Traditional hard drives (7200 RPM) are much faster than the USB standard allows for. You can prove it by taking a decent hard drive and plugging it in natively, and testing it, and then testing it in a USB caddy. Since eSATA and Firewire (400/800) are both significantly quicker than USB, I'd be willing to bet they are reasonably close in speed to what sort ...


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Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: Yes, but you'll essentially need another computer in a box to do it. USB (1.1, 2.0, and 3.0) are based on completely different specs than Firewire (400 and 800). Even the way they interact with the processor and memory is completely different. They are not wire-compatible, or even signal-compatible. In order to ...


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Wikipedia gives a quite comprehensive comparison: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA#Comparison_with_other_buses


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Besides specifying the gender (male or female), you need to properly specify the type/style of USB connector (A or B). Presumably you are looking for a "female Standard A". I want to plug it into a IEEE 1394 port. I can think of two possible reasons for the scarcity of a suitable converter or adapter. Power conversion: USB supplies +5VDC regulated ...


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The port labeled 1394 is a FireWire port. Therefore I don't think that you can directly connect a miniDisplayPort adapter on this port. If you have some adapter to connect your VGA to FireWire it could work...


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The only other difference I found is that the Passport Studio is pre-formatted as HFS+ while the other two are formatted as NTFS. This, and the Firewire 800 port is why WD labels the Studio as "for Mac". But you can, of course, use any of the drives with either OS X or Windows, you just might have to reformat it. Edit: The Studio is also listed as Time ...


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They are not interchangeable. It is like comparing ISA to PCI cards. While they do have same purpose, connectors are not same.


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Historically 1394(Firewire) is generally used by more mac-centric hardware. The use of it on a mostly Windows platform is rare, 1394b(Firewire 800) dramatically more so. Of the two options, 1394a is much more commonly used, regardless of OS, than 1394b. I would guess that Dell defaulted to the "most compatible" solution rather than the "highest ...


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I believe this iMac has only one SATA port (plus the optical drive port). You could, however, install the SSD internally as the boot drive, and use an external HDD enclosure (ideally with FireWire 800) for the 1TB drive.


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It is obviously possible to plug the wrong thing into a cable and fry whatever is on the other end. It seems like an unlikely scenario to me, but since according to Wikipedia, firewire is rated to "supply up to 45 watts of power per port at up to 30 volts". So if the wire were to have an internal short it could conceivably send the power down the wrong pin ...


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I'm chiming in a bit late, but... the bus speeds that the various protocols are rated at are no good indication of the real speed you might expect. For example, USB has a lot of overhead (by design), and with most control chips I've come across USB 2.0 is actually no faster than Firewire 400 (no numbers at hand, hope you'll take it as anecdotal evidence from ...


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It's hardly scientific, but my experiences with Firewire 400, 800 and USB 2 on various Intel Macs (laptops and iMacs) is that FW400 is noticeably faster than USB 2, and FW800 is getting-on for internal drive speeds. Daily, I copy around various 16-25Gb files (virtual machines) and would always pick FW800 (or 400) over USB2. For a while I was regularly ...


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How is the performance when copying between two chained firewire drives? Unlike USB, Firewire was designed to run in a daisy-chained setup. Our performance with daisy-chained firewire devices has been great. Is it possible to run RAID on a setup like this? Yes, it is possible to setup a software RAID using the Disk Utility in Mac OS. But as ...


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Yes, but you'll need to get ubCore since Microsoft didn't put FireWire networking in Windows 7.


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If you use an external HDD, small files doesn't matter. It'll work as a HDD. Only pendrives are slow if you copy small files. When it comes down to pure speed, Firewire wins. If you have an option to use that, go for it.


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I had the same problem last year trying to connect a firewire camera to a laptop with no firewire. I tried searching for a firewire to USB converter (recognizing that such a device would be a protocol converter, not just physical adapter). Also looked for PCI to USB converter, thinking if there was such a thing, I might put a PCI firewire card in it. Note ...


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This does indeed sound as if your Wi-Fi transceiver is interfering with your FireWire interface. However, I doubt that you’re getting noticeable crosstalk on your audio cable – this is digital audio, after all; I think it’s much more likely that the PCI cards themselves are improperly shielded, causing crosstalk between circuitry on the two cards. This ...


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Well, in terms of speed, USB3 is far faster than Firewire. USB3 transfers at 5 Gbit/s, while Firewire 800 is only 3200 Mbit/s. USB does require more CPU overhead, but the loss is negligible.


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It sounds as if you are out of luck. The only port you have with enough bandwidth for streaming video is the mini-DisplayPort, and with DisplayPort 1.1 it isn't enough for 3 screens. If you had a newer MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt it should be possible. Or if you wanted to display slowly changing screens such as PowerPoint there are USB video adapters, ...


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If you use the regular Windows 8 setup, you will see the following message: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support configuration of or installation to disks connected through a USB pr IEEE 1294 port. But, if you have a Windows 7/8 BootCamp partition, you can use it to install Windows 8 on the external drive: Is there an ...


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A few corrections and additions: 1) Firewire 800 - 800 megabits - 100MB/s (Or... 80MB/sec) Firewire 400 - 400 megabits - 50MB/s That is correct is you want the theoretical maximum speed and you ignore protocol overhead. Dividing by 10 rather than by 8 is probably more realistic. 2) PCI - 133MB/s PCI is a bus. This means this bandwidth is share by ...


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I'm pretty sure you can't do Firewire over SATA. Lacking ExpressCard, your only option would be mini-PCIe, but that assumes that your laptop has a spare slot (or that you can give up your WLAN card): Note that these are meant for mini-ITX and other small form-factor desktop motherboards (hence the standard PCI expansion bracket and Molex power connector). ...


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Looks like someone once worked out a way to do this in Linux: Endpoint I haven't tried it; not sure what kind of shape it's in.


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Newegg.com has this one for $38.99. On the subject of buying from DealExtreme - it should be a safe buy for this kind of items. Even if you get it from some other source closer to US, it is most probably a rebranded/OEM from the same manufacturer in China. ;) I have gotten alot of stuff from DealExtreme - and lemons are actually far and few in-between if ...


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Tape is actually a very stable storage medium. Keeping the original MiniDVs on a shelf, plus a spare player (preferably with a FireWire output) is a solid backup strategy. DVD-Rs suffer from bit rot even in the "archival" quality discs -- it's a technology issue. And hard drives, while fairly stable if they're not left connected to a machine but instead ...


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Intel Thunderbolt, as per the Wikipedia Sata link just above, is 10GB/s Also, none of these answers so far give any practical/useful information. Theoretical maximum and real-world speeds can vary wildly, and only some significant actual testing will give meaningful answers. So far, I haven't found many such tests. There's one at Crunchgear.com: ...


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I'd first suggest checking if anything appears in Disk Utility or if System Profiler recognizes anything being attached. Also, when you say other Macs are mounting the drive are they MacBook Pros as well and are they running the same versions of OS X? If you have AppleCare you can download TechTool Deluxe and see if it can fix the mount.


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From the thread Windows 7 and Firewire problem Try changing your firewire driver. There are 3 drivers bundled in windows 7. You can try the following steps to fix our issue, This solved my initial problems with a Maxtor III OneTouch drive. Click the Start Button, type devmgmt.msc in the “Start Search” box and press Enter. Expand ...



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