USB 3.0 plenty speedy, some­times quite slick

Austin American-Statesman - - TECH MONDAY -

If you’re look­ing for an ex­ter­nal hard drive with faster data trans­fer speeds, you’ve prob­a­bly con­sid­ered mod­els that use the USB 3.0 stan­dard. The lat­est USB spec touts a the­o­ret­i­cal max­i­mum data trans­fer rate of 5 gi­ga­bits a sec­ond, com­pared with a max­i­mum rate of 480 megabits a sec­ond for USB 2.0 drives. Most mak­ers of hard drives put it more sim­ply: USB 3.0 drives should be 10 times faster than USB 2.0 mod­els.

Chances are, you haven’t had a chance to see for your­self. Mak­ers of hard drives started ship­ping USB 3.0 drives this year, but most com­put­ers don’t have the USB 3.0 ports needed for the new technology. How­ever, there are work-arounds in­volv­ing adapter cards.

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