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4 pin to 6 pin or 6 pin to 4 pin firewire cable connector?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by malabito, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. malabito

    malabito Guest

    High i decided to buy an external hard drive for my laptop since the one that it came with its a 4200rpm hard drive. From what i have seen all external hard drives come with a 6 pin firewire conection or usb 2.0 but my laptop a dell inspiron 9300 has one of dose mini firewire conections. Should i get a 6 pin to 4 pin cable or one the other way around, or are they the same?

    Thanks for the reply.

    Here is the link to the cable and to the hard disk drive



    Although the cable says it is a 4 to 6 pin connection on amazon, I checked iogear website and they have it published as a 6 to 4 pin cable. :(
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    They are the same cable. The two "extra" pins are used for power in the 6 pin and they just leave them off the 4 pin.

  3. malabito

    malabito Guest

    Thanks, for the reply. One more thing would it be better if I get a pcmica firewire connector instead, I know I still wont be able to power things through the firewire connection, but I will have the extra connections.
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    We have the Adaptec PCMIA card and find it to be troublefree with our Mackie ONYX Mixer and I would go for it. It is always nice to have a couple of extra fire wire ports in case something happens to the on board one. A friend of mine had is computer fall on the floor and it went down on his firewire cord (which was plugged in) side of the computer. It broke off the firewire connector to the computer and they told him it would mean that he would have to get a whole new mother board at some HIGH price point. So he got the same PCMIA card we have and has been very happy with the results.

    It is like buying CHEAP insurance for your firewire devices.

  5. malabito

    malabito Guest

    Yep I went for the pcmica, it has 3 firewire conections, having that extra conections will sure come in handy in the future.


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