Hard Drive Speeds

Discussion in 'iMac' started by njkeys4, May 20, 2011.

  1. njkeys4 macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Hello I was wondering something. I plan to get an external thunderbolt ssd when available for the fact I can get it cheaper for a smaller one. I was curious if I wanted to expand in hard drive space with a normal 7200 rpm hard drive would I need a thunderbolt drive also or would firewire be equal to the internal one because the hardrives just do not write that fast. Thanks
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    FW800 offers around 80MB/s in real world which is slower than what today's HDs offer. If TB enclosure doesn't cost much more than FW800 one, then go with that.

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