Firewire 800 is phenomenal!

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  1. mamoru

    mamoru New Member

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    I purchased a LaCie 300 GB HD (triple interface) from ecost for $229 plus 9.99 overnight shipping:

    http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail~dpno~590016.asp

    It has 3 cables in the box: usb 2.0, firewire 400 and firewire 800.

    Plugged it into my powerbook, works right out of the box, no toying with settings, no nothing.

    I'm currently backing up 20 gigs of iTunes music - it's only taking a few minutes! This thing is FREAKING FAST at FW800.

    I'm all about FW800 from now on - it's a shame it didn't catch on :hs:

    BTW, the HD is super heavy, and ROCK SOLID. It's not the portable kind by any means. I mean, you CAN shlepp it places, but it'd be a burden and requires it's own A/C.

    Also, out of the box, 25gigs are like gone...so it's about 275gb out of the box. I haven't tested speeds onthe FW400 or USB2.0 yet, but I can say this:

    Pro:

    Very Solid build quality - all metal construction (or alum? or something?) (the metal stand comes with an allen key so you can properly mount it!!!!!!)
    Fairly quiet
    Extremely fast transfer rates (20 gigs in under 5 minutes using FW800)
    300 gigs of storage
    Plug and play

    Cons:

    Heavy - not backpack friendly but if you're a trooper, you might be able to.
    Power cable required (you can't use it without the power cable)
    edit: a little noisy with the drive accessing clicks...but nothing too loud, you know?

    All in all, I'm satisfied, because I use a powerbook with 80gigs of HD space that somehow became 6.57 gigs in a matter of a few days. So I decided to use the external as a storage device for projects and stuff that are "done" and my what I keep on my internal hd are this:

    All my music
    Current projects (songs, movies I'm editing, books I'm working on, company projects, etc...)

    So yeah...really neat product. Sorry for the lame ass post, I just felt like writing up a little review :o
     
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  2. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    interesting, good review!
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    ok...i always confuse this. correct me please. an ata133 drive transfers 133 megabytes per second.
    usb 2 transfers 400 megabits per second which is about 50 megabytes per second

    firewire 800 would be 100 megabytes per second?

    is any of this correct...need help understanding
     
  4. MrBucket

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    Yeah ive got the 250gb version of that and I love it, no idea why fw800 isnt more popular.
     
  5. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    been using an external fw800 dual 160 gig raid 0 setup for over a year now with my powermac and I LOVE it. I wonder why they don't have a fw 800 port on the new macbook pros :dunno: :wtc:
     
  6. antiyou

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    12" fire wire 400 FTL I think USB2 is faster than that, not sure though.
     
  7. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    USB 2.0 = 480 Mbps
    IEEE1394 = 400Mbps
     
  8. trevor

    trevor There's always a brand new day

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    I think at the end of the day, it's not that much of a speed difference to justify one over the other. The nice thing about the USB 2.0 is everyone is pretty much guarenteed to have it so you can haul it around.

    But, FW800 :cool:
     
  9. CyberLeader

    CyberLeader Superior Cybernetic Race

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    on paper, but in reality firewire almost always ends up being faster than usb2.

    fw800 is great, and im very disappointed that it appears to be vanishing.
     
  10. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Yes, but USB sucks.
     
  11. fait74

    fait74 Hobo with passion

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    I thought that Usb was a bus rate of 480 so that would mean evey thing combined uses it.

    Where as Firewire every thing has its own bus so every thing is a 400/800 no matter what.

    Now that I have type my jiberish flame away for making my wolrd of ideas total wrong.
     
  12. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    It seems like usb isn't a constant stream of data, where fw is and, thus, faster.
     
  13. antiyou

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    hmm thanks for clearing that up, is there any good reason the 12" PB's don't have 800?
     
  14. mamoru

    mamoru New Member

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    hmm...i have an ipod nano and a 4g 40gig

    the nano connects via USB, the 40gig via FW

    I can tell you that the xfer rate on the FW is MUCH faster as it took me forever and a day to upload 400 songs to my nano via usb...

    Loading 25 gigs on my 4g 40gig took a few minutes...

    :coold:
     
  15. Arhida

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    I cloned a G5 to a G5 using FW800. So much faster. Not sure if it will be a lasting technology though with the change over to intel.
     
  16. tenplanescrashing

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    that pissed me off when they ditched the FW cable in favor of USB. For some reason, the USB won't charge the nano when the computer is sleeping but it charged my mini when I used FW. :nono:

    I wanted an external FW800 HD but settled for a 400. The 400 is still quite fast though!
     

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