Fastest USB 3 Portable Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alexk403, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. alexk403 macrumors member

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    I have been reading many usb 3 reviews and such but am looking for the fastest usb 3 drive that is compatible with my retina mbp, 1tb in capacity. I saw the buffalo ministation thunderbolt which is pretty good at about 108mb/s read/write, but it is $230 so I was looking into anything cheaper. I am fine with just usb 3 if it will give me faster speeds that this. Thanks.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Can't have it both ways. ~100MB/s is about as good as it get with regular hard drives. To get anything faster, you'll need to be looking at solid state disks; and at 1TB capacity it'll be anything but cheap.

    If you're open to smaller capacities, right now I have a SATA 6G SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure. I get about 300MB/s for sequential speeds, though my drive capacity is limited to 240GB.
     
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  4. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    I have the same thing and love it.

    See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1424093
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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  6. alexk403 thread starter macrumors member

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    OK Thanks everyone then I guess the buffalo ministation thunderbolt it is. I am okay with paying $230 if I know it cant get much better with a HDD
     

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