Does the article mention real-world transfer speeds of USB 3.0 hard drives?
Seems like the only figure mentioned is 5Gbs which is certainly very far from real-world transfer rates. USB 3.0 drives are faster than their 2.0 brethren, but not 10 times faster. Real-world transfer rates will be limited to hard disk's own performance, which these days ranges from 50 to 140MB/s with 7200 rpm SATA drives.
In other words, do not expect your USB 3.0 external drive to transfer at 5Gbs (about 500MB/s). A real-world figure is about 1/5th with a 7200rpm SATA drive inside, 1/6th that with a "green" 5400rpm SATA drive.
Alex Geroulaitis | DV411
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