View Full Version : USB to Firewire?

12-08-2007, 07:20 AM
I have a 2006 Lacie external hard drive with a USB cable. Does anyone know if it is possible to adapt the USB cable to a Firewire Cable and get firewre capabilities? Or does firewire have to be integral to the hard drive itself in order to function properly?

12-08-2007, 08:28 AM
Not possible. Even if you convert to Firewire, the USB will still be the limiting factor. Data can only travel as fast as the slowest link in the chain.

12-08-2007, 08:49 AM
Thanks. It was suggested to me by one person to simply by a firewire enclosure case and swap out the hard drive. Any ideas on this?

12-08-2007, 08:55 AM
That's a possibility. I don't know about current drives, but I know that on older drives the chipset could be a limiting factor too. You'd get Firewire, but the throughput would still be limited.

12-08-2007, 09:07 AM
Its probably a little over my head anyways. I'm not very mechanically inclined. So now the question is whether I should buy a new external hard drive with firewire (which I think would be cheaper) or an external dual dvd writer (my iMac can not read/write dual layer).

12-08-2007, 09:39 AM
That's up to you! They serve two different purposes. Any specific reason you can't use the USB drive?