External Hard Drives Slow?

  -NickH- 16:20 31 Jul 03

I am thinking of buying an external HDD from backing up and transporting video files, etc.

There appear to to be two types, Firewire and USB2

In terms of operation speed, I assume that any bottle-neck would be at the connection rather than the drive.

So, how do USB2 and Firewire compare to ATA100 in terms of speed, and can I use an external device to capture video from a DV camera?

Also, can a USB2 drive be connected to a PC via USB1 (I know it would much slower, but it could be useful for data transport)



  -pops- 16:23 31 Jul 03

USB2 and Firewire are amply fast enough for anything you could want. Yes you can connect USB2 to USB1 but it will drop to USB1 speed.

  -NickH- 16:43 31 Jul 03


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