Is SATA II as reliable as USB or FireWire? I don’t know anything about SATA. Is it cost effective versus the other 2? Would I need a card to connect it to? I read on here that they have a high failure rate. Do you know what they are referring to?
For backing up & videos it’s unlikely that you’ll see the difference between SATA & IDE Hd’s. Especially when used in external scenarios. I myself if I was you, would go for a large IDE HD with a caddy that supports both USB & Firewire.
N.B. For SATA you may need a card. Certainly may be a problem if you want something from a friends PC (or wish to upload to theirs).
In theory USB should be faster than firewire but firewire controllers are in general faster than USB counterparts. Its usually 1-3mbyte/s difference for a “standard” disk.
It’s more complicated than that There is no such animal as
a SATA II interface, only SATA or if you want to distinguish
between the different revisions to the standard, SATA 1.5Gb/s,
SATA 3Gb/s and probably sometime in the future, SATA 6Gb/s.
SATA-IO are quite adamant about this. They say:
“Important do not use SATA II to represent 3Gb/s”