External drives

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2013
    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

    Sep 16, 2011
    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

    Jun 29, 2013
    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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