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External Hard Drive Standard Disc v SSD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheLegendHasRetired, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. TheLegendHasRetired

    TheLegendHasRetired Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2020
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    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit, Build 9600, Installed 20160920095519.000000+060
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3, CPU Count: 4
    Total Physical RAM: 16 GB
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 MB
    Hard Drives: C: 111 GB (53 GB Free); E: 931 GB (442 GB Free); F: 931 GB (750 GB Free);
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85M-G, ver Rev X.0x, s/n 131017471701595
    System: American Megatrends Inc., ver ALASKA - 1072009, s/n System Serial Number
    Antivirus: Norton 360, Enabled and Updated

    Hello and good morning. I currently use Western Digital Disc-based external hard drives to back up my music collection plus photos, videos and documents. I do these manually using a 'copy and paste' method via a USB 3 SS port.My music collection take up 500gb of space and takes 3.5 hours to back-up from scratch.

    I was wondering if, in addition to using Western Digital standard disc EXD, would an additional Western Digital SSD 1tb help speed up the process given that the desktop is a disc based product. If so, which of their ssd products should I purchase please.

    All help and advice greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for your responses.
  2. Oddba11

    Oddba11 It's My Birthday!

    May 12, 2011
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    No. The external storage speed issue is related to the connection type (ie: USB) and not the disk speed. And those speeds are slow if you have a USB3 external drive and are using an actual USB3 port on the PC.

    For reference, I can copy 400GB to a drive in about 2 hours. This is a bare drive in a eSATA dock and is only writing at 40-50k (should be much higher and I am currently investigating that issue). I also have a new external Seagate 8TB USB3 drive that I am using for testing, and the speed writing to that drive is 180-220k (so 4 times faster, which would equate to only a 1/4 of the time to transfer 400GB).

    So your issue doesn't appear drive related, it's USB port related. My guess is you are using a standard USB (2) port.
  3. TheLegendHasRetired

    TheLegendHasRetired Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2020
    Thank you for your help. I think I'll stick to my 3 backups and leave an ssd backup until my next computer.
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