rMBP - USB 3 or Thunderbolt external drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shearer3000, May 18, 2013.

  1. shearer3000 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    hi - which of these two options would be overall faster:

    5400rpm drive connected with thunderbolt

    7200rpm drive connected with usb3

    I'm using the drive to house sql databases for use under windows 7 (bootcamp) to give you an idea of transfer usage. *** The Buffalo drive does say that "Windows OS systems only supported using USB connection", but I'm not sure if that extends to Win7 under bootcamp? thanks


    i.e. is my bottleneck going to be the rotating disc speed, or the connection pipe? thx :apple:
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    On a single-disk enclosure, drive speed is the limit. You won't come close to USB 3 or Thunderbolt speeds without a sizable array or SSDs.
  3. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    bootcamp is basically just windows drivers for the the mac hardware.
    You're still running windows no differently than if you had an Acer or HP computer.

    and as the others have said for a standard hard drive (5400 or 7200 RPM) and USB3 or thunderbolt the speed limit is the drive
  5. shearer3000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    so that's a 'no' to win7 using thunderbolt, and a 'yes' to the 7200rpm drive?


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