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External harddrive confusion

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mrcoons, Jul 8, 2002.

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Which is best?

  1. IOmega 120GB USB (also Firewire compatable)

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  2. Maxtor 3000LE 120GB USB 2.0

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  3. Maxtor 160GB FIREWIRE HD 3000XT

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  4. BUSLink 120GB USB 2.0 EXT DRIVE

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  1. mrcoons

    mrcoons Thread Starter

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    I am considering adding an external harddrive to my laptop. It will be used for storing image copies of my laptop harddrive, archival data and digital photographs.

    Thus far all my research has left me very confused as to whether I should get a USB 2.0 (which would mean I'd have to get an adaptor - more expense) or FireWire (my laptop has a FireWire port but there is some concern that it is only rated for only 100mbps).

    So:
    1) which is faster USB 2.0 or FireWire?
    2) what is a good external drive (would like it to be 120GB or better): Maxtor, Iomega, or whatever (price under $300 preferably.)

    All opinions are welcome, thanks..
     
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    mrcoons Thread Starter

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  4. Rockn

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    Here is a list of all devices from USB.org

    serial port: 115kbits/s (.115Mbits/s)
    standard parallel port: 115kBYTES/s (.115MBYTES/s)
    Original USB: 12Mbits/s (1.5MBYTES/s)
    ECP/EPP parallel port: 3MBYTES/s
    IDE: 3.3-16.7MBYTES/s
    SCSI-1: 5MBYTES/s
    SCSI-2 (Fast SCSI, Fast Narrow SCSI): 10MBYTES/s
    Fast Wide SCSI (Wide SCSI): 20MBYTES/s
    Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3, Fast-20, Ultra Narrow): 20MBYTES/s
    UltraIDE: 33MBYTES/s
    Wide Ultra SCSI (Fast Wide 20): 40MBYTES/s
    Ultra2 SCSI: 40MBYTES/s
    IEEE-1394: 100-400Mbits/s (12.5--50MBYTES/s)
    Hi-Speed USB 2.0: 480Mbits/s
    Wide Ultra2 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    Ultra3 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    Wide Ultra3 SCSI: 160MBYTES/s
    FC-AL Fiber Channel: 100-400MBYTES/s

    There isn't much of a difference (80Mbits/sec)
     
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