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1. Macintosh Troubleshooting Pocket Guide > 1.12. SCSI, FireWire, and USB

SCSI, FireWire, and USB

Macs don’t come with SCSI drives anymore—do I still have to worry about this stuff? [9 & X]

Ultra-ATA (also called EIDE or IDE) drives have improved dramatically in the last five years, and performance differences between ATA and SCSI are much smaller than they used to be. But the price differences are still quite large. These days, we recommend SCSI drives (or disk arrays) only for certain audio, video, and server applications with very high data rates. If you don’t have any SCSI peripherals and don’t do multimedia, you don’t have to worry about SCSI. If you do have SCSI devices, we can help you decide how to connect them (or replace them) when you buy a new Mac. For much more information on SCSI, you can check old versions of the Tekserve FAQ at


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