External (USB) drive: what to look for?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by XTF, May 2, 2012.

  1. XTF

    XTF Gawd

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    I'm looking for a new external USB drive, mainly for backups of a laptop (100 gb storage). The laptop is old, doesn't have USB3, but will soon probably have a SSD.
    What's the recommended external drive?
     
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  3. XTF

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    The 320 gb portable edition looks nice. USB3 support, no external power supply.

    BTW, aren't all USB drives plug & play?
     
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  4. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Your lucky. I have a 750GB Seagate that only gets about 21MB/s. System backup takes hours.
     
  5. XTF

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    I think it depends on the USB2 controller. What's the best actual performance USB2 can deliver (as measured by for example HD Tune)?
     
  6. dustNbone

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    35MBps is on the high end of what you can expect from USB 2.0. I don't think I've ever seen over 38.