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using a hot swap bay vs using an external hard drive for a moving hard drive

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March 19, 2014 7:56:36 AM

A hot swap bay with a regular wd caviar blue vs a wd my passport usb 3
March 19, 2014 8:05:14 AM

and the question is...?
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March 19, 2014 8:14:40 AM

Both of them should work fine, are you worried about throughput ?
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March 19, 2014 8:22:23 AM

which will run faster sorry forgot to type the last part
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March 19, 2014 9:48:01 AM

A hot swap bay will run at sata speeds, much faster than usb3.0.
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March 19, 2014 12:50:38 PM

ok thanks
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March 20, 2014 11:58:47 AM

geofelt said:
A hot swap bay will run at sata speeds, much faster than usb3.0.


In theory - this is correct. In practise either USB3 or SATA2/3 have far more available throughput than the mechanical HDD they are connected to.

There are differences in SATA2/3 and USB3 overhead - but a different HDD will probably have a bigger performance difference than choice in interface.

That said I'd suggest the external USB3 drive as it is one piece, has the HDD enclosed, if using a 2.5" drive is powered over USB, and can easily be taken to any other PC to share files - while the hot swap isn't easy to move between systems or requires opening the case to connect the HDD to share files.
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