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FireWire 400 vs USB 2.0

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I just want to know the advantages/disadvantages of using either of the two; FireWire 400 & USB 2.0
Also, very often I read or hear that a person's external storage solution crashed while being used with USB 2.0. I haven't exactly heard the same about FireWire 400, anyone experienced similar problems with FireWire as well?
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You can get external drives and enclosures that have both firewire and USB connectors and you can get add-on cards that have both connectors. Something else you can get are Ethernet connected drives, basically network drive enclosures that work very well on multiple machine networks.
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