"SSSSLLLLOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!"3.0 starson by sleepydad
Pros: Quiet, cool running, compact size, ease of install
Cons: Firewire beats USB 2.0 Hands Down
Summary: I have had my computer running non-stop for the past two and a half days since I bought this item because I'm trying to back up my files before I format and install a new OS. In an attempt to save a little money, I opted for a USB external hard drive versus Firewire. I've read that USB 2.0 is "close" to the speed of Firewire, but am finding that evaluation to be way off base. For example I began copying my Applications folder (I work on a Mac G5, dual processor 4GB RAM) this morning. The projected time to move this one file -- ten hours. By the time I finish moving all of my essential files, Mac will come out with a new operating system and the move will be moot! Bottom line, if you need to save some dough and your time isn't that valuable this is the item for you. If you can shell out the extra cash and get a Firewire drive, DO IT!