I'm new to computers, so sorry if this is a terribly stupid question. I recently bought a laptop with an eSATA port, and after I researched what it does, I still have a few questions about it that I really couldn't find any specific answers to.
1. How do I know if it's SATA 1.5gb/s or SATA 3gb/s(I doubt it's SATA 6gb/s)? And are there different cables for the different SATA versions? Or will any eSATA cable that I purchase have the same transfer speed.
2. When building a desktop, I understand that you can connect a SATA cable to your internal hard drive. So say my hard drive is SATA 3gb/s, what does that speed actually mean? Does that mean if I take something off a flash drive and download it to my internal hard drive, it will be at speeds of 3gb/s? This speed doesn't affect my internet download speeds, right? When I extract a file using WinRar, will this speed affect the time it takes to extract?
2. The speeds are burst speeds, so yes, you could get those speeds for short period/small file to cache before writing. It won't affect your internet download speeds. It should decrease the extract time for a WinRAR file, but I bet you won't notice it.