fastest usb 3.0 external drive ?

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  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you have a rMBP, then why not a thunderbolt based solution?

    I'm pulling in 400 mb/s on a drobo mini and while not cheap the speed is very fast.
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    Here's the drobo using the USB and as you can see, its a bit slower then TB
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  4. anonymous4a, Aug 10, 2013
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    can't afford it, looking for something for under 80$ preferably. So pretty much whats the fastest usb 3.0 external drive I can find for under 80$ ?
     
  5. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    For $80 the one you linked to looks good, because for that price your limited to budget consumer drives anyways. If you can spend a little more you could get a desktop drive http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...=UTF8&qid=1376181195&sr=8-1&keywords=wd+black and a USB enclosure for around $25. The desktop drives are a little faster with larger caches. USB 3 will run hard drives at near full speed, so you shouldn't see noticeable lag
     
  6. anonymous4a, Aug 11, 2013
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