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USB 2.0 to Firewire?


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Denisejm

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I have 3 firewire ports on my pc.  I have some external hard drives that are USB 2.0.  Would it be hurt the hard drives if I used a USB to firewire adapter to connect them to my firewire ports?

 

Also, do I need a firewire male to a USB female adapter or a firewire male to a USB male adapter?

 

 


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No, it wouldn't hurt to do what you suggest but why not use a USB port?

 

If you buy the adapter and your external hard drives have  conventional USB connectors then its the firewire male to USB female adapter you will need.

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I have a  WD Elements 8Tb Hard Drive that USB 2.0.  I have it connected to a USB port but I was hoping that if I connected it to one of my firewire ports, it would run faster at firewire speed.  Would it?


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Speed wise, there is not a lot in it.

USB 2 has a theoretical raw data rate higher than Firewire ( around 480mbps compared with 400 mbps) but in real life the sustained transfer rates are very similar.

I can link you to the actual figures with examples if you want...

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My Firewire external hard drives were much faster than my USB externals.  Here's a speed chart that I found at Wikipedia.  If my USB 2.0 external hdds won't run any faster if I connect them to my Firewire ports, I wouldn't buy the adapters.

 

 

 

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