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15th of August 2003 (Fri), 15:49
my understanding of the compact flash cards (and all others... SD, MMC, memory stick etc) is that they can transfer data at about USB speeds. if this is correct, am i wasting money getting a firewire card reader? if this is not correct, what is the maximum transfer rate?
15th of August 2003 (Fri), 17:14
It's actually somehwere in between.
I have a USB,. a PCMCIA for the laptop,. and a USB2 Card reader.
The USB2 is vdry noticeably faster at transferring full cards to the Computer.
No,. I do not think that any card is fast enough to take full advantage,. but consider that USB2 and Firewire are like 10-20 times faster than USB,.. so even if the card can move data twice as fast as a USB connection,. then it will take half the time.
My guess is that I am getting about 4 times the transfer speed with USB2,. maybe more. So that could indeed be worth it.
Do you have firewire or USB2 ports allready on your PC?
To me that is the question,. if you allready have the port, then use it,. if not,. I wouldn't spend the time and money.
15th of August 2003 (Fri), 17:15
The maximum transfer rate depends on the card. If you don't have high speed compactflash (20x, 32x and 40x etc) then you won't really benefit from firewire readers.
15th of August 2003 (Fri), 21:51
Have used USB, PCMCA and Firewire. Firewire wins hands down. USB2.0 is close, but Firewire still beats it.
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