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New imac has only one firewire 800 port?

3111 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2010 9:21 AM by rkaufmann87 RSS
photohead Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Aug 1, 2010 8:17 AM
Is there a hub or repeater you can use instead of daisy chaining. Can't figure out why my old imac has two firewire ports and the new imac has one. How are others managing multiple hard drives? I wish to use a hub for my firewire connections. What is the best way. thanks
imac intel, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Cinema display
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,635 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 8:50 AM (in response to photohead)
    You can locate Firewire hubs however they are expensive. I have had 3 Firewire 800 external HD's daisy chained together for 3 years that work flawlessly. The drives I have come with 2 FW 800 ports so this is quite easy, there are several top quality external HD's that are similar including:




    OWC Mercury Pro line




    Lacie Quadra D2 line (this is what i have)



    G-Tech G series line



    All of these drives have similar specifications and are all high quality products. I think you will find them to be the most recommended on these forums.

    BTW your old iMac had 1 Firewire port and 1 Firewire 800 port not 2 firewire ports.

    Regards,

    Roger
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 9:01 AM (in response to photohead)
    photohead wrote:
    Is there a hub or repeater you can use instead of daisy chaining.


    i also don't much like daisy chaining. instead, i opted for one of [these_|http://www.partsdata.de/IEEE1394b_HUB_repeater_Firewire_800_4_ports_IOI__gbIEEE1394-334.html] hubs.

    the supplier ships to a number of countries in Europe. if you're located in the US, just google for a similar product.

    JGG

    27"iMac11,1/2,8GHz/12GB/i715"MBP3,1/2,4GHz/4GBMini3,1/2.26GHz/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4), TC 'sim-d' 500 GBAEBSn2x AX (b/g)ATV 40 GBTouch 2G iOS 4iPad wifi 16 GB
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 9:03 AM (in response to photohead)
    Hi photohead

    Have a look at > http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75471

    A hub is not necessary, but could be handy for easy access as well as mixing storage and audio devices. See > [Firewire 800 hubs and repeters|http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&client=pub-6263300333013957&cof=FOR ID%3A1%3BGL%3A1%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BLC%3A%230000ff%3BVLC%3A%23663399%3BGFNT%3A%230 000ff%3BGIMP%3A%230000ff%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3B&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&q=fire wire800+hubs+andrepeters&btnG=Search]

    Dennis
    17" Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - iPad
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,635 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 9:21 AM (in response to photohead)
    As to my old firewire imac, 2006 late model. It has two firewire ports-both 400. Thanks for your info. Perhaps I will just get a Raid drive and make it much simpler. Just don't want to do it until my other drives go bad. Wish Apple had just added another port?


    Sorry I assumed you had a 24" you must have either have a 17" or 20".
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express

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