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Why is the USB 2.0 transfer on my G5 so slow ?
Old 12th May 2006
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andre tchmil's Avatar
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Why is the USB 2.0 transfer on my G5 so slow ?

just bought a WD USB 2 extern disk solely for back up purposes but man these transfers are so slow with my G5. I thought the 2.0 was comparable or faster than Firewire.
Old 12th May 2006
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🎧 15 years
You don't say how slow, but here's some info on G5 USB 2.0 performance.

Mactel USB 2.0 is much improved (due to Intel motheboards), but Firewire 400 is much faster than ANY USB 2 setup, mac or PC. If you want the fastest transfer, go with Firewire 800.

For the most versatility, I buy external drives with all three ports (USB 2, and Firewire 400 & 800) from Other World Computing.
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DrDeltaM's Avatar
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USB was made for mouses and keyboards and the like. USB2 is a faster version building further on that.

Firewire was made as high bandwidth multimedia data transfer protocol.

Says enough...
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