I've been looking for a firewire external hard drive enclosure, without any luck. I've found a USB 2.0 enclosure. I want the drive for Video Editing. Should I holdout and find a firewire one or will the USB one work fine?
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There is some kind of new bus to be available on the next generation of X-Serve; we may see a highter FW standard there, and Apple is famous for it's January suprises (desktop, etc).
The original FW spec calls for speeds much higher than the current one, so it's not like there's a lot of work to do.
And, as Posterboy pointed out, FW is a peer-to-peer protocol, like SCSI. This means better real-world performance on intensive tasks, despite the near equal "tested" data speeds of USB (or IDE), which need help from the CPU and where you can have one device take control of the bus to the detriment of the others.
Didn't the original spec have a max rate of 800Mbps? What I hear about 1394b is that it will be up to 1600Mbps. I am just interested in hearing what they are going to call 1394b. Current front runners for the official name are FireWire2 and GigaWire, but my personal favorite so far is Son of FireWire.