Is a firewire really needed for this or is their a quicker way?



I have to transfer over 30 GB of data onto an external HDD  - will I need a
firewire for this ?
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Darwinian999Commented:
If the external HDD only has a Firewire connector, you'll need to use Firewire. If it has a USB connector though, USB will be fine (preferably USB 2.0).
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jetsonxAuthor Commented:
but slow...I'd imagine....
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Darwinian999Commented:
USB 2.0 is almost as fast as Firewire. USB 1.1 is much slower though.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I agree - USB2 is fine... but Firewire would be about 10-20% faster (even though the rated speeds suggest USB would be faster, actual performance will show Firewire 400 faster than USB.  Firewire 800 is even faster, but not generally used.
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mcp_jonCommented:
Answering your question " No, you don't need Firewire to do this ".

Although if you have Firewire 400 then it's faster then USB 1.1 and USB 2.0. If you have the option to go for FireWire 800, then you'd be just fine.

USB 1.1 - 12 Mbits/second.
USB 2.0 - 240Mbps, but in October 1999 USB 2.0 Promoter Group pumped up the speed to 480Mbps.
FireWire 400, also known as IEEE 1394   - 400 Mbps.
FireWire 800, also known as IEEE 1394b - 800 Mbps.

Best Regards !
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mcompton69Commented:

Why dont you just open the external HDD, remove it, and plug it into your normal PC - transfer will be the fastest of all the options above?

If it is an IDE drive (almost certainly) then you will need to make sure you use the correct jumper settings for either master or slave (or cable select but that option is a bit hit and miss i find).

Hope this helps
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jetsonxAuthor Commented:
thanks guyz...it was a tough call deciding who to give the points to....

mcp_jon - a detailled informative answer - thanks.

mcompton69 - a lateral solution to the problem - which was used with sucess.
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mcp_jonCommented:
No problem, just keep going !

Thanks for the points !

Best Regards !
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