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Old 03-21-2005, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got a new Western Digital 160 GB external hard drive. I've got it connected through USB 2.0
What kind of speed can I expect from my drive? I want to be able to install games on it and play them at a good speed if possible. I can't get a new internal drive, my case only fits one!
Also, can I connect this drive through firewire to my pc to increase speed? I'm not sure if I can (the manual doesn't seem to specify), but it'd be a big speed boost if I could.
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usb2 transfers data at 480 Mbps
this shuould be enough for alot of games, i woudnt garentee games like doom3 though
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You can connect it through IEEE if your drive supports it, read the manual on that one. If it does I recommend IEEE

As for speed, it will be limited to the speed of the usb port, but I dont htink you will notice any slowdown.
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Firewire is faster than USB2 as far as I know. Connecting it using this might result in performance increase.
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Okay, I'll look into it. I'll install Doom3 tonight and compare benchmarks.
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Hard drives really only affect loading speeds in you have enough ram
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I've heard that too. I've got a gig, but it's slow since it's only sdram. I'm gonna compare benchmarks tonight.
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USB 2.0 at can transfer up to 480 mbps buffered (error checking). Firewire (IEEE 1394) is up to 400 mbps
Firewire 2 us up to 800 mbps. (its only on new, really expensive macs)

http://www.digit-life.com/articles/usb20vsfirewire/
http://www.usb-ware.com/firewire-vs-usb.htm
http://thetechzone.com/display.php?i=227&p=1
http://archives.cnn.com/2000/TECH/co....firewire.idg/
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Doom3 takes slightly longer to load on my external (like a couple of seconds), but the benchmark speeds are identical.
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