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Old 10-26-2008, 08:43 PM   #6
Eric Ladner
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many hard drives do better with USB2, especially if they are meant to be bootable

Really? A couple of years ago when I was trying to keep a UMAX Supermac clone limping along with OS X, USV drives were NOT bootable, but Firewire externals were, kinda/sorta.

Now that I have a MacBook Pro, I have the LaCie external drive on the Firewire connection (it can go on either Firewire 800 or USB2), partly because I read that Firewire is technically faster, partly because it saves me from buying another USB hub.

Actually, the first computer I had with Firewire was a Sony Windows box. It didn't call it Firewire, but I believe it was the same protocol. At one time, I think Firewire was the preferred connection for digital video cameras, but perhaps that has changed.

Losing the Mac Mini would be sad, indeed, especially if Apple does not replace it with something comparably priced. I have not used one, but, as an illustration of its capabilities, I know that David Brooks, who writes on digital photography for Shutterbug Magazine, reports being very happy with his.

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