Originally Posted by RelicAnderson
If I buy an external hard drive with USB 3.0 and with USB 3.0 reaching 5 Gbit/s speeds, will the hard drive be the bottle neck? I'm not too sure how fast hard drives read or write, but is it 5 Gb fast? On http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive it says that high rpm (10,000-15,000 rpm) hard drives can achieve up to 1.6 Gbit/s transfer speeds, but this is much less than the 5Gbit/s speed of the USB 3.0. I'm a correct to assume that the hard drive will be my main bottle neck?
Hope this isn't too dumb a question, but I've been wondering about it for a while. Thanks!
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Hmm judging from the info provided, I would say yes. Remember HDD has moving parts inside it, unlike a Solid State Drive (SSD) drive for example, which would lower the transfer rate because of the reading/locating/writing processes. I could be totally wrong there though, and hope to be corrected if I am by any member...but to my logical thinking, that is why.
So yes, your HDD would be the bottleneck in this situation.
Also no question is too dumb
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