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Hey guys,

I'm in the process of buying a new external Harddrive in which to store all my active media on, whilst editing on an Avid Xpress HD Pro. I was about to buy one at Best Buy, when the salesman actually cautioned me, saying I should first find out what version of USB and Firewire my computer can actually accept. Meaning. These were the Firewire versions he listed:

400 Mbs (standard
800
1600

And with USB:

2.0
3.0

My question is, how do I find out which versions I'm running on my comp?
 

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Find out your motherboard make/model (use EVEREST) if your system is custom built and if its an OEM such as Dell, the series and model number.

We can then check to see which ports you have. You will most definitely have the USB 1.1 compatibility and Firewire 400 (if it exists). USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 may not be supported in some cases though.
 

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Sorry to leach this thread, but I have an Acer Aspire 3020 Laptop.
Do I have a firewire 400 port? If so, is it worth plugging an external HD into this rather than a USB 2.0?

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Sorry to leach this thread, but I have an Acer Aspire 3020 Laptop.
Do I have a firewire 400 port? If so, is it worth plugging an external HD into this rather than a USB 2.0?
Check your manual, I couldn't find any specs on it nor a manual of it online, sorry :sad:

It should be listed as an IEEE 1394 port (1394a or 1394b usually), if it's there and either S400 or S800. FireWire allows faster throughput than USB 2.0 yes, especially the S800. Look here for more: http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/39129/USB_20_Versus_FireWire_pg3.html
 

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If I go to Network Connections, it says that I have 3 connections;

Wireless Network Connection (not connected)
1394 Connection 2 (connected)
Local Area Connection (connected)

If I right click 1394 Connection 2 > Properties, it says Connect Using 1394 Net Adapted, and if I click configure that, it says:

Location: on Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller

1) does this mean I have firewire?
2) should this thing say it's already connected? (I know I haven't plugged anything into a firewire port...)

Cheers
 
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