External drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Chrisdrummer97, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    So im a little confused about external drives with usb 3 and TB . Does it even matter if its usb 2 or TB if the external drive its self isnt fast or am i not understanding correctly. So how can you tell what external drives are fast and witch are slow i know ssd will be faster but those are preety pricy so how can you tell if a regulare exteral drive is going to be fast or not also from your use what exteral drives are good
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Sep 16, 2011
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    Regular mechanical drives are still faster over USB 3.0 than USB 2.0/FW800, and faster over Thunderbolt as well - don't get a USB2 external drive. (Preferably, get a 7200-rpm drive.)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So if i got a 7200 external drive how fast would it be if it had thunder bolt would it actulay transfer at 10 gb a second????
     

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