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Firewire for older computers?

Hi;

I have a 3 year old gateway.  It doesn't even have a usb port.

I would like to get a portable, external hard drive for schlepping files back and forth from work.

Can I buy some kind of device or adapter to make my home pc able to use firewire connections?

How can I tell if my pc at work has such ports?

Thanks
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davids8Commented:
Yes you can buy a FIREWIRE add-on card. You must have an empty PCI slot on your motherboard.  Also you should be using at least WIN98.  BTW some FIREWIRE cards also offer a USB port on the same card.
You might also consider a ZIP drive instead of a firewire hard drive - upto 250meg and a lot less $$$ for the hardware.  ZIO can be out internal or external - USB connection would be best so you would still need a USB card
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davids8Commented:
Yes you can buy a FIREWIRE add-on card. You must have an empty PCI slot on your motherboard.  Also you should be using at least WIN98.  BTW some FIREWIRE cards also offer a USB port on the same card.
You might also consider a ZIP drive instead of a firewire hard drive - upto 250meg and a lot less $$$ for the hardware.  ZIO can be out internal or external - USB connection would be best so you would still need a USB card
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helmers99Commented:
you could buy a cd burner at staples for 69 dollars with a 40 dollar rebate
http://www.slickdeals.net/?sn=staples&u2=http://www.staples.com/products/SpotLights/Philips/CD-RW/40rebate.asp
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Steve34Author Commented:
Thanks for the tips on the portability options.

Zip drives will not cut it for me.

I have a library of code I have made over the years that I would like to be able to take back and forth.  Its already at 500 Megs.

I also like to download software at work ( fast connection ) and take it home ( horribly slow connection ).

Zip drives just aren't big enough and I don't have a cd burner at work ( most of my transport traffice is work - home ).

Given the horrible experiences I have heard of with portable cd burners a portable hard drive looks like my best bet

Thanks again

Steve
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