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Trying to make external USB drive decision

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  • External USB
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Last response: in Storage
August 2, 2011 6:54:58 AM

I'm thinking of getting a ! to 2 Terabyte external USB drive for storage and back ups. My PC is pretty fast and has lots of RAM, etc. The only problem is that when I bought the internal D drive, I never thought I would fill the 275 GB with data. So I want to move non-essential data to the external. The only thing I'm not clear on is whether to go with USB 2 or USB 3. I understand I can utilize either with and add-in card. Given my usage plans, will USB 3 have any significant advantages over USB 2? Enough to justify the extra cost? Any drawbacks?

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August 2, 2011 1:45:17 PM

USB3 for external hdd's is roughly ~2-3x quicker for file transfers

if you dont mind waiting or run backups overnight stick with USB2 (aka dont bother) otherwise spend the $$$ on the quicker USB3 setup
August 3, 2011 3:12:23 AM

Everyone I've asked recommends USB 3. Now I just need to figure out the differences among the available add-in cards!
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