|I wouldn't say "blows them all away". If you are just talking about single disks the difference between USB 3 and Thuderbolt is negligible. The interface is almost as fast as, or possibly faster than, most external disks anyway (and if you want an interface that is as fast as an internal disk then use eSata). Thunderbolt's advantage really comes when you have multiple disks, either as single disks or in a RAID array. Each Thuderbolt device can run at the full speed of the interface whereas the USB speed is divided between all devices attached to a controller.|
Truth is, I suspect that any of those interfaces is fine for the application (with eSata another contender). I'm not sure what reliability comparisons have been done.