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What is the difference between USB and Firewire?
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The ever-present Universal Serial Bus (USB) is now a standard
feature on virtually every new PC. The "jack-of-all-trades"
nature of USB has made it ideal for connecting additional
peripherals without opening the computer. The drawback of the
original USB standard (v1.1) was its relatively slow speed
however most new PCs have adopted version 2.0 offering
theoretical speeds up to 480Mbs. Both USB and Firewire feature
"hot-swapping", which means you won't need to shut down and
reboot your PC to attach or remove a peripheral.
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