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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by applecrisp, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. applecrisp

    applecrisp Thread Starter

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    Hey my Imac just died so im forced to use my Peecee how many external drives can I have hooked up via firewire? is there a limit? besides the firewire limit of like 49 or whatever
     
  2. redhat9

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    Wouldn't it just be home many ports as to how many devices you can physically hook up?
     
  3. The Hound

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    I believe that 16 can be daisy-chained, but I don't know what that does to the transfer rate. If they're bus-powered, I wouldn't chain them at all--too much ac draw on the 1394 bus...My opinion, not proven...

    USB 2.0 is faster (480 Mbps) than firewire (400)...Welcome to our world.:D
     
  4. redhat9

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    Isn't there something like Firewire 2? Runs at 800?
     
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    Actually, while the bit rate of USB is indeed faster than Firewire, the reality is that USB connected hard disks normally run around 20mbyte/sec transfer rates and Firewire connected hard disks will normally do around 30mbyte/sec transfer rates. The 800mbit version of Firewire, IEEE-1394B, is found on a few newer Firewire drives, but obviously your system has to also support the new standard.
     
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