Mac Pro :: Finding FW800 Ports Under Vista

Mar 8, 2008

Are they running at full speed or do they default down to FW400 when in Windows?

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Windows On Mac :: Super Slow 4MB/s FW800 Transfer With Vista Ultimate

Nov 9, 2010

I have a 2010 13" MacBook Pro. I bought a FW800 enclosure for my 500GB Seagate 5400rpm HD. In OSX using Path Finder to test transfer speeds I get around 40MB/s. Pretty good. Not as fast as it should be given the drive and FW800's possible speeds, but acceptable. When I switch over to my boot camp partition with Vista Ultimate installed I get 4MB/s. I can't figure out why I'm getting such slower speeds with Vista. I did the tests using the exact same files. So what am I missing? How can I get the transfer speeds I should be getting in Vista?

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Hardware :: Finding HDD Performance And FW800?

Apr 13, 2010

On one hand, I've got an Intel X25M 160GB SSD available that could go into my MBP. On the other hand, it would replace a WD 640GB drive that I really like for the capacity. Oh I also currently have time machine running to an external FW800 drive.

I tend to use a lot of space because for my work I have to use a LOT of unique virtual machines for connecting to all of my clients. I think this alone is pushing me away from the SSD.

I am considering putting in the SSD and having my OS/apps be there. Then adding another external FW800 drive (fast one I guess) for my VMs. I would then chain my time machine drive from that.

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Mac Pro :: Finding X64 XP Pro SP2 And New X64 Vista Drivers

Jan 26, 2008

Has anyone tried installing x64 XP Pro SP2 using the new x64 drivers that shipped with the early 2008 Mac Pros?

I mainly want to know if the Apple keyboard mapping software works under x64 XP Pro SP2, being that all other drivers for a Mac Pro with x64 Windows can be found elsewhere if all else fails.

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Mac Pro :: Finding Partition Existing XP Volume To Add Vista

Mar 10, 2008

I have XP running beautifully on a 150 GB Raptor (via bootcamp). I'm thinking of adding Vista, but I'd like to avoid formatting the drive and creating two partitions for XP and Vista.

Can I slice off some of the 150 GB for Vista leaving XP intact?

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Windows On Mac :: Finding Network Drivers For Vista 32-bit?

Jul 15, 2009

I tried to install Vista business edition 32-bit (without SP1) on my Unibody Macbook Pro (late 2008 model). After that, I installed

1) Bootcamp 2.0 from a retail Leopard DVD and its upgraded version (2.1)
2) nForce 730i driver (from NVIDIA web site)
3) Geforce 9000M series graphics card driver (from NVIDIA web site)

Currently there are still several driver issues:

1) "Network Controller" driver is not working.
2) "Apple iSight" driver is not working.
3) No wireless device shown up in my device manager.
4) No sound.

I don't have my original MacOSX DVD with me. Does anybody know how to fix those problems?

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Mac Pro :: Finding Vista 8800GT Drivers Under Boot Camp (x64)?

Mar 9, 2008

I just got Vista Ultimate x64 running under Boot Camp (under 10.5.2) and want to improve the graphics. FYI - sees my 16 GB RAM, network, and sound card, but not any of the drives on my MacPro (any thoughts on that?) Can I install the NVidia Windows Vista 64x bit drivers while running Vista under Boot Camp?

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Mac Pro :: Sound Ports (single Quad 2009) - Are Those Fiber Optics Ports

Oct 2, 2009

If so, do you use them and what sound system do you have?

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Windows On Mac :: Windows Vista Parallels/finding Network Drivers?

Apr 22, 2009

I recently installed Windows vista using going through parallels because my bootcamp failed a while ago. This partition also acts as my bootcamp. Well The internet on parallels works fine because it is using osx network, but when i boot into bootcamp the network drivers seem to be missing. I cant figure it out, but it says the ethernet and network drivers are not there. I cant find the drivers on the internet anywhere and when i use the vista disk i have it still does not want to install them.

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Applications :: Vista Score Without Vista?

Mar 16, 2009

I know that the Vista score thing is pretty useless, but I am curious what mine is. Is there a way to get a Vista score without having to actually buy and install that rubbish?

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PowerPC :: How To Optimize G4 FW800

Sep 11, 2008

I've take home an unused, unloved Power Mac G4 FW800 from work and would love to hear any anyone may have to get it running @ its optimum without forking out for a new Processor. I wont be doing any gaming on it, plan using it for Media and Design like Final Cut Express4, Photoshop and Illustator and for music and movies.

Its has a Dual 1.25Ghz Processor, 167Mhz Bus, ive installed a new ATI 9600PRO Graphic Card and bumped the RAM up to its 2GB max and have an external 500GB 7200RPM Iomega FireWire HDD. I also got a Philips 19in Wide LCD 1440x900 for cheap.

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Mac Mini :: Drobo Ext. HDD FW800 To Run OS X

May 21, 2009

Has anyone had any luck with not using an Internal Hard Drive and using either a Drobo or external drive to run OSX? I was thinking of getting a new HD that runs FW800 or using my Drobo to creat a partition to load Mac OSX on and run the OS from an external HD.

The Reason I am even trying this, is because the Mini uses Laptop drives with less specs then my External Seagate 500GB 7200RPM with 16 MB of Cache, also 3.5" drives seem to run quicker then even the fastest 2.5" drives.

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OS X :: ExpressCard Or FW800 - What Is Difference

Jun 24, 2009

I don't want to waste hard drive space on my MBP's hard drive on games. I have a 16GB SSD ExpressCard as well as a FW800 external hard drive.

Which would be optimum for playing games off of (considering that a game will need a fairly high read/write speed to keep up)?

If the FW800 drive is better, how much better? Would I notice a difference if I used the ExpressCard instead?

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Hardware :: Best Inexpensive FW800 Ext. HDD?

Mar 17, 2010

I'm looking for a mass storage option and I've got about $150 USD to spend on it... I really want to get FW800 for the speed. Anyone have a good drive to recommend? The highest I can find is a 500gb for 139.... that's just not good enough.

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Hardware :: FW800 Fast Enough To Play Blu-ray 3D?

Oct 26, 2010

I want to build Mac Mini media server connected to drobo s. I am wondering if I use the spyderhub (esata to fw800) will fw800 be fast enough to play 3d blu ray with an external blu ray player? The hub lets you connect esata to it and then use fw800 to connect to mac mini. This follows limitation of fw800 speeds though so will this bottleneck? Need to mention I am going to use bootcamp to boot windows 7 and play the 3d blu ray dvd's in windows.

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OS X :: Cloning FW800 Drives With CCC Or SuperDuper

Feb 20, 2009

I have Western Digital Studio II (2x1TB, configured as 2TB). As I don't feel secure and wanted to make a backup of this HDD, I bought an identical HDD for backup.


1) If I were to get a chance to start over, can I configure these two drives as a RAID cluster, so that whatever written on 1st disk, automatically mirrored to 2nd disk? Bear in mind, I'm using FW800 for both HDD in daisy-chained setup.

2) How reliable is RAID mirroring (software in leopard) using FW800 external drives, as it may subject to different 'connection/attachment' time to my iMac. Internal drives always on at the same time.

3) I tried to use CCC to clone the disk, the sustained speed is disappointingly at 30MB/sec read and write. If I did a copy from my internal HDD to external disk, I get easily 50-60 MB/sec.

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OS X :: G Drive Attached Via FW800 Keeps Unmounting Itself

Sep 28, 2009

I have two new G-Drives attached via FW800. One drive keeps unmounting by itself. All of a sudden, I get a screen that says "The drive has been removed, you should always make sure to eject the drive properly from the etc etc.." First time I have ever had this problem. I have tried the eSATA connection and FW connection with the same result. Regardless on how I connect the drive, linked or direct. It's brand new. Could it be bad?

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Hardware :: FW400 Repeater In FW800 Bus?

Dec 29, 2009

What happens when you have a FW400 repeater in a FW800 bus but no active FW400 peripherals?

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Hardware :: External HDD FW800, 1 TB, Bus Powered?

Apr 18, 2010

To get my Multimedia-Data off my MBP i5 SSD I am looking for a small, 1 2,5" hdd enclosure that is FW-800 powered. I was unable to find anything in the forums nor in the buyers guide about this. Any recommendations or tests?
I am looking for something well designed if possible (imho like the LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra, which has two hds (double the power comsumption) and is too big).

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Hardware :: USB3 Significantly Faster Than FW800

Aug 23, 2010

Mac FW800: 75MB/sec. Win USB3: 150MB/sec.

Also, the Mac USB2 implementation is roughly half the speed of Windows. 17MB/sec vs 33MB/sec sequential read.

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MacBook Pro :: Where Should I Put Bootcamp When Got SSD Inside? - External HD With FW800

Sep 2, 2010

I got an Intel x25 160GB SSD and I use a Firewire case to carry my old 500GB 2.5 HD. Now the question is, where should I put my Bootcamp for better use. You know, I am afraid, if I put bootcamp in the SSD as well, the SSD will got heavy load.

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MacBook Pro :: Internal 7200rpm Vs External FW800?

Oct 7, 2010

Anyone care to advise?
Would love to hear any past experiences and direct comparisons etc

Have written off the Momentus XT due to endless reviews of noise, heat and battery zapping. Is this just the way all 7200 internals are likely to perform though?

If so, should I maybe continue using my 5400 internal for apps and os, and buy a FW800 7200rpm for my media?

Oh, I'm using my MBP mainly for video editing (FCP, Motion, Shake) and some audio and graphics too.

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Hardware :: External Hard Drives And USB Vs FW800

Dec 11, 2008

I have been using a MBP for a few months now and I am making a total conversion from PC user to Mac user in January when I buy a nice new 24" iMac but to go with it, I want to buy a couple of new external hard drives. I have currently got a Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB Drive which is Windows Formatted and I will be keeping that to use with my work laptop (a Dell), and I have been really pleased with its reliability. Anyway, I have been looking around and there are some fab drives on the market but I have a couple of questions. If I get an iMac with a 500GB Internal Hard Drive, how big an External hard drive will I need to use Time Machine without having to delete backups all the time?

Also, I have been primarily looking at the new Seagate FreeAgent drives and the do a PC version (USB) and a Mac version (USB/FW400/FW800), but the 640GB USB version costs �76 whereas the 500GB FW version costs �100. Would you go for the bigger size or the added benefits of FW800? Will I notice much speed difference between USB and FW800?

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OS X :: Information/MM 5400 Or External FW800 7200?

Apr 4, 2009

I can't find any conclusive info on this, can anyone shed any light?

I basically thinking of using my external as my main drive instead of the bundled Mac Mini hard drive.

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Hardware :: SATA To FW800 Adapter - Get Best Speed?

May 18, 2009

I'm looking to upgrade my hard drive, cloning everything over to the new one via external adapter. Are there any adapters out there that use FireWire 800 so I can get the best speed possible?

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MacBook Pro :: : Which Is The Data Bottleneck: FW800 Or 5400RPM

Sep 17, 2009

Got a MPB 13". I need a good external drive, but I'm wondering which is the data bottleneck: FW800 or 5400RPM?

The reason I ask is I have an old iMac with FW400 and an external Hitachi 7200RPM 200GB 16MB cache in an OWC case that's (suppesedly) capable of FW800. It seems to have taken the same amount of speed to restore a very large file to my iMac (FW400) vs. my new MBP (FW800).

I would like to replace this drive with something bigger, but if FW800 is the bottleneck, then I'm thinking I should just get a 5400RPM drive to both save money and get a larger drive.

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OS X :: Which Firewire Cable Do Need To Connect Between FW400 And FW800

Sep 27, 2009

I basically need to connect an older iMac to a new MBP but they both have different FW connections - I always get confused when it comes to cables so if anyone can point me in the right direction it'd be grand,

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Hardware :: Slow FW800 Hard Drive

Jan 9, 2010

I bought a MacAlly GS350SUAB hard drive enclosure for the firewire 800 port. Before I made the purchase, I looked around for some FW800 drive xbench scores and found a few results:


When I ran the xBench disk test on my drive, I was unimpressed. They weren't much better than when I plugged it in using the USB port.

Uncached Write34.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write43.62 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read18.11 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read46.06 MB/sec [256K blocks]

I thought maybe xBench was sucking, so I timed how long it took to write a 831MB file to the drive using both USB and FW800, and it was actually faster (marginally) on USB. FW800 took 30 seconds, while USB took 28. Something doesn't seem right. Does anyone have any thoughts on why this could be? I do have a FW400 audio interface hooked up, but that is of course plugged in to the FW400 port and shouldn't make a difference. The hard drive I'm using came out of a Seagate FreeAgent. Is it possible it's just a really slow drive?

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Hardware :: Looking For Bus Powered FW800 2.5" Enclosures

Aug 7, 2010

Looking for 2.5" HD enclosures with FW800 ports that are verified to spin and mount via bus power.

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Power Mac G5 :: Recommendations Of External FW800 Hard Drive

Dec 7, 2007

Could anyone recommend an external (FireWire 800) Hard Drive that they're using without issues with a Power Mac G5 (mine is a Dual Processor 2.3)?? I bought a couple of WD My Book Studio Edition but have no end of problems on FW800, and looking around here so is everyone else. LaCies seem to have similar problems, plus my own experiences in selling these and seeing FW ports falling off the enclosure's board, etc., puts me off them. Maxtors seem to have different issues and the new brown and orange Seagates are too fugly to even consider. So, anyone recommend a solution (250-500GB) that works fine with FW800 on a dual PMG5??

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