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    Speeding up external hardrive connections?

    Ive got a couple of external hardrives as i take alot of photos whilst on holiday etc.

    They are all connected via USB 2.0

    Is ther ANY way at all you can speed up the connections between them, it takes an age to transfer between them etc

    Thanks in advance!

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    i think a ethernet drive would speed things up a bit, but i'm not too sure...

    Ensure they are both connected to a USB 2.0 port. Some devices have a muddle of v1 and v2 ports. Other than that, I'm afraid it's going to be slow as you are saturating the USB bus

    Get a firewire enclosure, I notice a significant speed boost with mine, Dealextreme I thing do good prices.

    harlzter;2411651

    Get a firewire enclosure, I notice a significant speed boost with mine, … Get a firewire enclosure, I notice a significant speed boost with mine, Dealextreme I thing do good prices.



    i thought firewire was slower than usb 2.0

    pikachu12;2411683

    i thought firewire was slower than usb 2.0



    In real world terms, it's faster, provided you have a firewire port. Also, if you are copying from one drive to another, I would say you are out of luck, as it would be very uncommon for a laptop to have two firewire ports

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, all repped!

    pikachu12;2411683

    i thought firewire was slower than usb 2.0



    On paper yes, firewire at 400Mb/s appears slower than USB 2.0 at 480Mb/s however the reality is the other way round - firewire processing is peer to peer which means each device handles some of the load which is why firewire devices tend to be slightly more expensive. USB however is master-slave which means your PC is doing all the work and that cpu overheard had an impact on the transfer speed.

    John

    Are they small 2.5" (laptop size) drives or larger 3.5" (desktop size) drives. ?

    Laptop 2.5" drives only tend to spin at 4,000 or 5,000 rpm, whereas most 3.5" desktop drives spin at 7,200 rpm.

    This makes 2.5" drives much slower than 3.5" drives.

    What speed are you getting right now? If it's around 20-30MB/s then that's about as much as USB can handle and you'll need to look at an eSATA 3.5" drive.

    If it's slower than there may be some sort of problem that can hopefully be fixed.
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