"first firms of their kidney"
Is this something to do with dingos?
External hard drive makers Buffalo and Freecom are jostling to become the first firms of their kidney to kit out product with a USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed - interface. Buffalo's DriveStation HD-HXU3 is a desktop unit that will come in 1, 1.5 and 2TB capacities. Freecom, on the other hand, will offer the XS 3.0, which will be …
...to see if ever this lives up to the promise of Firewire/eSATA killer. Seems like it may have all the makings of a ponced up USB 2.0 with the same old transfer rate problems.
Having said that, maybe they've just put shit drives in the enclosures. They don't seem to be SSD.
Maybe the "up to" is just there because they'll never make it - like an up to 8Mb/s ADSL connection.
Do un-raided external hard drives go up to 125MB/s? I thought they tended to top out around the 50-80 range.
Have I missed something, but surely the speeds quoted (ie. 125MB/s and 130MB/s) are generally in line with the maximum transfer speed your average single hard drive can transfer? Just because USB 3.0 is capable of so much more, it isn't going to transform everything connected with it into some super high speed device transferring at 5GB/s.
Just because my car could drive on an F1 track, doesn't mean it'll do F1 speeds.
Exactly the same thing happened with USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s? ..... my arse!)
After overheads are taken into account and the (inevitably mediocre) peripherals are added, you never get anywhere near to the maximum (theoretical) throughput figures.
I don't know why people keep falling for the hype.
The problem with USB is the Mass Storage mode. It requires a special driver (not always available in pre-boot and rescue disk environments) and the implemetation in the built-for-a-penny controllers can be pants. One I know of barfs after transferring a few 10's of Gigs.
eSata drives look like on-board drives to most rescue/recovery environments, either by directly using the SATA interrface in IDE mode, or using the BIOS.
Why is this important? Because portable drives are often used for backup, so need to reliably and quickly store BIG piles of data, and have to work in some kind of pre-boot environment to perform a restore.
Missing off eSata connectors on high-end or corporate machines is pretty criminal, really.
Well i never, thanks for pointing that out AC - perhaps you could send me your contact details just in case my complete stupidity gets me into trouble again in the future? Or at least give me your CB Radio handle.
Also a picture of yourself would be cool, ill get it ironed onto my favourite shirt that i wear everyday!
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