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Old 09-14-2009, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default External Hard Drive Help.

im looking on buying a WD 1tb my book home edition and was wandering if a USB 2.0 connection is good enough to play dvds from the hard drive without problems such as;
- frame rates dropping
- skipping

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Old 09-14-2009, 11:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should be fine. I do it all the time with a USB interface.
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It will be fine.
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Help.

Your only remote concern would be if you are running a lot of USB devices off of the same USB port. Each port has a maximum transfer rate of 480MB/s which is more than enough, but if you were running a USB hub off of that port and had many devices sharing it, the max speeds get dropped drastically for each new device added.

Still, streaming video files should only need a sustained transfer rate of like 8MB/s so you will be fine. Just wanted to cover all the grounds.
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