Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 29, 2002
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Internal Versus External Components--Part 2 of 3
Before the advent of USB (Universal Serial Bus) and FireWire (aka IEEE 1394) technology, often users would choose an internal device for high-speed data transfer. Few older PCs arrived stocked with an external SCSI port, and EIDE isn't available for external devices. In the old days, most PC users had to rely on relatively slow parallel and serial port-based products if they wanted an external device.

Not so today. Currently, at 400 mbps, FireWire is the fastest data bus out there. The upcoming 480-mbps USB 2.0 devices will be faster still. If speed is your only concern, check into USB 2.0 or FireWire products.