FireWire Hard Drive

Apple’s Fire Wire hard drive will transfer data between computers to peripheral devices at a lightning quick speed. Technically named IEEE1394, Fire Wire was introduced by Apple in the early 1990’s on their PowerMac G3. Since then, there have been many updates for older systems that have really enabled them to keep up with the times and get faster and faster data transfer rates, just like newer ones. When Apple’s FireWire hard drive first came out, it could transfer around 100-400 MB/s with a cable up to 14 feet long. There have been a lot of other products developed since then that use this technology and other types of computers are now able to use it now too. In 2000, Apple’s Fire Wire hard drive release, IEEE 1384-2000 hit the market with transfer speeds up to 800/Mbs. Since then Fire Wire hard drive technology won the 2001 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2001 for the amazing impact it made in the entertainment business and it is not hard to understand with today’s unending need for faster transfer rates on videos.

If you are a home computer user, a Fire Wire hard drive can easily expand your computers ability by adding more storage space if you get an external drive instead of installing a new drive inside your pc. You don’t have to get a big bulky external hard drive. You can get a portable Fire Wire hard drive. One such portable USB FireWire hard drive by SmartDisk features Music Match, the award-winning Music Match(R) Jukebox. You can find other small portable USB Fire Wire hard drives that can store multiple sets of CD-ROMs, DVDs, tape cartridges or disk modules. The technology has advanced so far that it is not uncommon for a portable Fire Wire hard drive to fit right into your shirt or pants pocket because it is so small. Some of these portable hard drives can store hundreds, if not thousands of pictures and hours and hours of your favorite videos. A portable USB Fire Wire hard drive will usually have the standard version of Music Match Jukebox software already loaded on to it so you can have your favorite music at your finger tips. In fact, Music Match Jukebox can be organized so that each song can be found easily and the convenience and ease to get to your music is incredible.

If you are a Mac user, you will like the fact that Fire wire 400 comes already loaded on the newer models. Fire Wire hard drive updates are available for older systems too so you can update them and stay up with the latest transfer speeds. Apple also sells Fire Wire hard drive 800. This hard drive is not as common as the Fire Wire 400, but you can find it on Power Mac G5s and the 15 inch and 17 inch Powerbooks. Some people say that the portable 400 is much faster though. That is because the 400 has a rotational speed of 7,200 rpm while the rotational speed for Fire Wire 800 only spins at 4,200 rpm.

If you are really into video viewing and audio listening, the Fire Wire hard drive to get is Fire Wire 800. But you should know that if you plug one of your Fire Wire 400 devices into an 800 port, it will operate at the 400′s speeds, not the 800’s. Since compatibility is a major factor to consider before you purchase a new hard drive, the best advice you can find before you make your decision is to get a Fire Wire hard drive 800 that also has a Fire Wire 400 port. That way you will have no problem using any of your peripheral devices.

This FireWire Hard Drive Review is Written/Updated on May 5th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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