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External 6gb/s HDD Question

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February 26, 2010 6:39:21 PM

I have this internal hdd enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I connect it to my Asus G72 via esata that runs up to 6gb/s (or so I read on HDD enclosure box)

Will this HDD work with that enclosure? Will the board in the enclosure be overloaded? Or is the board inside just an adapter?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now im using a really old 230gb 7200rpm drive from my old Gateway.

Thanks for the help.
February 26, 2010 6:51:23 PM

The enclosure will not be overloaded, it will work fine. However, don't expect to get the full speed out of the 6Gb/s, because you won't.
It should, however, be faster than good ol' USB. You'll transferring data at a relatively standard SATA II rate (3Gb/s or less)
That's gigaBITS, not gigaBYTES. Also keep this in mind.
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February 28, 2010 5:00:54 PM

Alright thanks alot, do you think its worth getting the 6Gb/s or should I just go with a regular 7200rpm HDD?
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March 2, 2010 7:48:25 PM

You really won't see any benefits with a traditional platter-based hard drive running 6Gb/s, whether internal or external. The only way you'll really be able to get most performance out of it (at the moment, anyway) is to go with a 6Gb/s SSD, which is expensive, but stupidly fast.
There are some 6Gb/s traditional Hard Drives out there that do give some performance gains, but don't expect night/day improvements. We're talking a few seconds off of load times or data transfers.
Personally, I'd save the money until SSDs become more affordable
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