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Post Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:54 pm

firewire rack

ok, somebody just gave me a gov't surplus 8-bay firewire 400(thnx cbrain) rack bought at an auction with a pallette of other stuff and i was wondering...

1. what am i supposed to do with it? my only thought other than throw it away is to donate it to TLR
2. how can i set it up, to test whether it actually works? i don't happen to have several hdd's laying around, and now that i've looked at my PC i know there's no firewire ports

so, should i junk it or what

Edited by - Cold_Void on 9/10/2006 12:59:35 AM

Post Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:31 pm

There are two different types of firewire, firewire 400 and firewire 800. I think 800 is only for macs. The picture below will show you what firewire sockets looks like.

if the image dosent apea go here

Edited by - cbrain on 9/10/2006 12:31:48 AM

Post Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:39 am

you can get pci firewire cards for your motherboard, or external adaptors. don't throw it away! firwire 400 is still pretty fast, although "in theory" usb2 is "supposed" to be comparable, but it hardly ever is because the bandwidth is always being shared amongst so many other devices.

firwire 800 is for pcs too, but you need a mb that natively handles it or an 800 adapter.

Adaptec make very good firewire cards, bit pricey, although you can get cheap ones from other manufacturers too but they are problematic.

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