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How stable is USB2/Firewire?


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Considering making my internal DVD Writer External, so i can lend it to my parents for recording their holiday videos and stuff, just not sure how good USB2/FIrewire are for transfering consistantly large amounts of data at a decent speed.

Anyone any experience? is it a bad idea?

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You can get em for about £30 off ebay, or i've seen USB2 & Firewire ones for about £50 from the usual places (novatech, scan, ebuyer, watford)

I wanted to share my writer with my parents, but, they have a mac, and i cant find Mac drivers for any decent dvd-writers frown.gif

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For consistant and more reliable performane go for a firewire enclosure. From what I have experienced its less prone to hang ups (ie data stream interuptions) and is just generally more reliable for consistent data transfer (needed for dvd writing).

I have used quite a few different external units and I seem to have more issues with USB2 units than I do firewire.

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