Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web

Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Hardware & Gadgets

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 10-27-2008, 07:48 PM   #8
Howard Allen
Howard Allen's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 824

Originally Posted by Eric Ladner View Post
many hard drives do better with USB2, especially if they are meant to be bootable
Yes, that comment raised my eyebrows, too. Current Macs (that have FW) will boot readily from FW external drives. I have two external HDs: one has FW and USB2, the other has FW400, FW800, USB2 and eSATA; I use FW400 on both, and use the 4-interface drive as a bootable backup (with SuperDuper!).

USB2 is sure no guarantee of bootability. My only Windows (XP) PC is a Sony Vaio laptop that has USB2 and FW (Sony's flavour--uses a mini connector). It won't boot from either. In fact, a couple years ago, when I was trying to come up with a strategy for a bootable backup--in case the laptop's internal HD went kaput when I was in a remote location--I found a Microsoft technical note that said flat out that Windows wouldn't boot (or at least they didn't recommend trying) from external USB hard drives. I don't know if this has changed with Vista--I would certainly hope so, because the lack of an external boot option seems to me a very serious shortcoming.


OSX 10.10.5
Howard Allen is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In the news in LA BobRoosth Fonts & Typography 1 03-31-2008 01:24 PM
Pac-Man in the news gary The Corner Pub 5 12-23-2006 05:18 AM
Good News, Bad News Anne Wright The Corner Pub 34 03-21-2005 05:36 PM

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2018 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.