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  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Thanks. I am happy with it and I have already "worked" 5 Hard Drives.

    I am carefull on connecting them. In my opinion the life expectation of their Sata connectors could be not very long.  The were designed for a stable installation more than for swapping.  But Seagate sells a system with their disc which are the same as mine.

    Which is your opinion ?

  • mavericks_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Firewire is faster. Especially for video editing. It doesn't require the CPU cycles to transfer data.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)
  • Donald Morgan Level 6 Level 6 (12,630 points)

    If you have the capability to use Firewire 400 then it will increase your performance at least 2 to 3 times faster than USB-3. Firewire 800 will increase that 6 to 8  times faster than USB-3.  So if you are doing Video Editing and have Firewire 800 it will be more than enough for anything you want to do.



  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)

    Don, the Macworld link I posted above indicates different......very different. Their video testing indicates that USB 3.0 is twice as fast as FireWire 800 when working with video.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (25,515 points)

    You're correct - USB 3 is faster than any Firewire. But I do not know if it is recommended for video - haven't looked into that since my iMac does not have USB 3 (and that is the machine I do my video work on).

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)

    I've always used FireWire for video also. I had to read the Macworld article twice to make sure I understood what it was saying. My understanding has always been that USB speeds were rated in short bursts but that FireWire was sustained speed. The Macworld article specifically tested with a 2gb video file and said USB 3 was faster.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (25,515 points)

    I read through that article again - interesting how much faster USB 3 is vs. FW 800 - I knew it was quite a bit faster, but didn't expect that much difference! This article is a really good resource. Also interesting to note the differences of the various methods on a regular HD vs. an SSD - obviously, the SSD is faster, but why would there be such a difference when comparing the same connection?


    The 2 GB video might be faster via USB 3 (than Thunderbolt), but I'm wondering what the speed would be (and how reliable it would be) with a "realistic" 50 - 100 GB video - when I'm in the middle of a project, I regularly amass 150+ GB of files which may stress out the USB connection?

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