Which is faster: Internal HD or Networked SSD?

DockMac

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Taking account transfer rates of HD's and Wireless Networking, which is faster: Internal HD or Networked SSD?
 

IllIllIll

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Internal drive, every time. Doesn't matter if it's SSD, platter-based, or RAID on a network.
 

motoracer1486

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Wireless is slow. The data read/write speeds and seek time would be severely affected if you went that route.
 

IllIllIll

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Doesn't matter if it's wireless or wired gigabit ethernet. A networked SSD drive will still be slower either way.
 

dusk007

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Even 1Gb/s LAN (100MB/s) has troubles competing with modern 2.5" internal drives.
WiFi is a lot slower than that LAN.
If you only request small files in a random manner the Wifi SSD might still win but I really cannot imagine any usage where this might be the case and worth the money.
 

DockMac

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Dec 22, 2008
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Thanks everyone.

I was thinking of putting some SSD's on a network, to be used wireless by my notebook(s), but after this thread, it would seem pointless to do, as there would be no performance gain.

I may just go the internal SSD route.
 

takeshi74

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Taking account transfer rates of HD's and Wireless Networking, which is faster: Internal HD or Networked SSD?
You can easily answer this yourself with some quick Google searches. Best case with 802.11n is 600Mb/s or 75MB/s (8b = 1B). Consider that SATA 1.0 drives have a limit of 1.5Gb/s, or 150MB/s.
 

DockMac

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Yeah, that is where I get lost. There is the theoretical output, and then real world output, of which I can't tell which is which, nor do I know how to calculate it.
 
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