USB 2.0 vs FireWire

Posted on Friday, Oct 18 2002 @ 10:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Eight months ago an external HDD with the USB 2.0 interface dropped into our lab. That was Hyundai Cutie. The world has changed a little since then. Firstly, the USB 2.0 interface has in fact become a compulsory feature of all latest generation mainboards and is often supported by the chipsets. Secondly, hard drives have been steadily dropping in price thus making affordable quite large storage capacities.

That's why I thought it would be smart to check the capabilities of a large external USB 2.0 HDD and compare its performance with that of an external FireWire drive. To make the show complete, I also added an ordinary ATA100 drive to the cast.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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