7200 RPM USB 3.0 vs 7200 RPM ThunderBolt Drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cergman, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Cergman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2013
    my tesla
    I am planning for my new MacBook Pro Retina purchase later in June once Haswell is implemented into the Macs. I am going to need an external hard drive because I plan to be doing a lot of video editing. My question is would there be any difference in speed between a 7200 RPM external hard drive running on USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt? I know Thunderbolt is a lot faster, but wouldn't USB 3.0 be capable of faster speeds than the drive itself can read/write? Also if anyone knows of some good 7200 RPM USB 3.0 External hard drives, I would be more than happy to hear about them below. Thanks.
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    You will hardly even note a difference between SSDs running USB3 vs TB. There is not much reason in going TB for a HDD, given the price difference.
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    And haswell don't be imemented macs in June or summer. More late fall or early winter.

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