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I know there have been a few external drives on here the past couple of days however this is the complete package.

320GB with USB2 and firewire connection (alot quicker than USB2)

Plus back up software and other extra features over the essential range from Western digital.

These were selling at £105.99 an hour ago so be quick. I've bought 2 anyway.

Top drive read the reviews!!!!!!!!!!
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#2
Also Firewire is 400mbps and USB2 is 480mbps.
[admin]#3
Well those stats aren't really accurate genkgenk. Real world applications have Firewire as much faster generally because it is sustained transfer speed.
#4
genkgenk as Admin says real world firewire is proven to be quicker, Thats why its used for video transfer and editing (More stable) also the item you point out is £15 cheaper not £20 has no firewire,Back up software or Safe Shutdown which prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written. Premium models also have storage indicator on the front. I feel that overall its a far better value product.
#5
Firewire took over from USB 1 as the fastest rate as USB 1 was designed as burst architecture. USB2 was designed from the ground up to have a maximum sustained transfer rate of 480mbps. Firewire is not faster, as it has been around a lot longer. They can both be hotswapped though Firewire is isosynchronus.
#6
Have a read through this article, about half way down it talks about external drives.

http://www.directron.com/firewirevsusb.html

With the premium model its more about flexibility more than anything else as the speeds are almost identical, you have 2 firewire ports which enables you to daisy chain the drives (add more than 1) which can be useful which is the biggest reason I bought 2. However its personal choice and if £15 less for a drive with less options suits you then go ahead both drives are cracking value.
But I would rather be looking at usb2 & firewire than looking for it.
#7
From experience firewire works better than usb2. My Sony camcorder works much faster through firewire than usb2. Still its a decent find and firewire isn't used by many so usb2 would be good for the majority
#8
Just got one of these - £104 delivered. Pretty good read speed but not so good write speed - still pretty quick though.

One FANTASTIC thing for mac users though - it's bootable through firewire - you can take your entire system with you or use someone elses machine with all your software etc.

Very quiet - got to keep checking it's still on. Spins down after 10 mins which is pretty good.

The software that it comes with is not Mac compatible. Also you'll have to re-format to mac extended (HFS+(journaled)) before you use it.

Actually that's not entirely true. The google software is Windows only. The backup software is Mac compatible. Intego Back Up X4 is a better piece of software though
#9
paolo
Just got one of these - £104 delivered. Pretty good read speed but not so good write speed - still pretty quick though.

One FANTASTIC thing for mac users though - it's bootable through firewire - you can take your entire system with you or use someone elses machine with all your software etc.

Very quiet - got to keep checking it's still on. Spins down after 10 mins which is pretty good.

The software that it comes with is not Mac compatible. Also you'll have to re-format to mac extended (HFS+(journaled)) before you use it.

I've been running pair of 320Gb Premiums for a few months and they are silent and reliable.

They DO have backup software for Mac bundled have a look in the folder. Its PPC but runs without issue on an Intel iMac here.

NB The front capacity gauge is controlled from the WD Button Manager software so even if you don't use the backup software that comes with it (you can use SuperDuper for free) you must install the Button Manager software for the gauge. Or at least you don't have to but the gauge won't work...

One point about speed: I've backed up my iMac to one of these via SuperDuper at a little over 21Mb/s sustained running for over an hour.

Finally, write speeds - an odd one. I've found that although both are HFS+ reformatted (and daisy chained) writing to one is faster than the other actually the one at the end of the chain! The only difference between the two is they have different partition schemes, the faster is MBR and the slower APM. I need a spare My Book to test whether that's really the reason but I thought I'd mention it in case someone would like to test it while their drive is virgin ;)
HTH
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#10
Now £99.99 delivered

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