Solved How to get a fast file transfer between two external HDDs

August 2, 2012 at 02:20:02
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In new computer in what should I focus on to get the fastest file transfer between two external hard disks ???

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August 2, 2012 at 03:17:16
List your current computer specs.
A fast file transfer depends on the interface(USB 1.1, 2 0r 3), drive and file itself(saved html pages takes time to transfer).

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August 2, 2012 at 06:12:22
I don't have a computer yet
I wanna buy one
I'm asking for a specific type that give me the best transfer speed

I'm moving HD movies

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August 2, 2012 at 08:59:03
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eSATA, USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.

-Thunderbolt is the newest, fastest interface. However, motherboards with TB ports are still quite expensive, as are TB storage devices. Plus, unless you're using external SSDs or RAID setups, TB won't give you an advantage over USB or eSATA.

-USB 3.0 is the cheapest solution, as nearly all new computers have 3.0 ports. When it comes to the transfer of large files (HD movies, for example), you won't notice a difference between USB 3.0 and eSATA. My external drive transfers large files at 105MB/s over both interfaces. The drive itself is the bottleneck.

-eSATA will outperform USB 3.0 when it comes to the transfer of small files (a folder containing thousands of 16KB files, for example). There's less system overhead with eSATA as well. Overall, I'd say that eSATA is still the best interface for external drives.

-If you're looking for a laptop, look for one that has a combination eSATA/USB3 port.

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August 2, 2012 at 13:18:14
Gigabit network would outperform any of those choices. The problem with most of the fastest choices is that the drive can't keep up with some of them.

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