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firewire question

by danc2heaven / September 4, 2005 6:55 AM PDT

if i have a piece of hardware that accepts a 6 pin firewire cable and go down to a 4pin firewire cable into a labtop am i losing any transfer speed? the next question is that if i have a external hard drive with a 9pin socket and i have to go down to 4 or 6 pin do i lose any transfer speed, if so is there anything made that i could use the firewire800 hard drive and buy an adaptor or something in which my computer only has a 4pin socket, ?? any suggestions or links

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No. The other 2 pins are for power.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 7:08 AM PDT
In reply to: firewire question

Also, for a PC use USB 2.0 for drives and firewire for video. No need for you to rediscover why this is so.


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by danc2heaven / September 5, 2005 2:29 AM PDT

i ask because i have a labtop with only a 4 pin female slot, i wanted to add a firewire 800 external harddrive and wanted to know what i needed to get the full capability. sorry for the runaround thanks for your help also. ryan

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2005 3:48 AM PDT
In reply to: hello

Beware firewire drives on PC Windows. I share this so you don't have to discover data loss firsthand, but most will ignore it and only accept this bit of trivia after multiple wipeouts.

In short, your laptop, if equipped with firewire 800 will be just fine with 4 wires. If not, you add a PC-CARD Firewire 800 card and fix the lacking connection.

Again, this is all your choice and your data.


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by danc2heaven / September 5, 2005 5:04 AM PDT
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ill take your advice from experience bob, so should i go with a usb 2.0 external drive and get a card with some 2.0 slots on it.

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That's what I have.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2005 5:41 AM PDT
In reply to: ok

I picked up a card like http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=U2FWPCCARD-WPA&cat=CCD for my older laptop that was only USB 1.1 My older laptop used a similarly priced card and it included one USB 2.0 cable.

Drive speed is just a smidge slower than the internal laptop drive but more than sufficient for video capture.


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