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I love USB 3.0!

  1. #1


    United States
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    I love USB 3.0!


    Got a 2TB (really about 1.89) WD MyPassport USB 3.0 HDD over the holidays at an awesome price. Used it today with Macrium to image my main partition containing 200GB+ and the other recovery, uefi partitions. Took about 35 minutes. I love this!

    It reported I/O at the end of 1GB/sec read and 800MB+/sec write average.

    I expected hours from 2.0 experience. Advancement in tech is wonderful!

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Got a 2TB (really about 1.89) WD MyPassport USB 3.0 HDD over the holidays at an awesome price. Used it today with Macrium to image my main partition containing 200GB+ and the other recovery, uefi partitions. Took about 35 minutes. I love this!

    It reported I/O at the end of 1GB/sec read and 800MB+/sec write average.

    I expected hours from 2.0 experience. Advancement in tech is wonderful!

    Enjoy it until USB 3.1 comes out. No backward compatibility.

    Those are amazing numbers though. I had a USB 3.0 PCI express card with USB 3.0 dock. WD Black 640 GB Sata III only reported about 138 MB/s sequential write, after fresh format. Still much better than my old USB 2.0 24 MB/s though.
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    Germany/Florida
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  4. #4


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    Hmmm, if it's Macrium showing the speed it must be 1 Gb/s as it always shows in Xbits/s where X is Mega or Giga or xhundred kbits/s or whatnot. Must be because USB 3.0 spec max is 5 Gb/s.
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  5. #5


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    The USB3 specs are highly inflated. I have yet to see any disk (even a SSD) that can run at that speed. A lot seems to get lost in the USB3 controller. And there seem to be vast differences depending on the hardware attachment. eSata does not have that problem and although it is specced at only 3Gb/sec, it is faster than USB3.
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  6. #6


    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Got a 2TB (really about 1.89) WD MyPassport USB 3.0 HDD over the holidays at an awesome price. Used it today with Macrium to image my main partition containing 200GB+ and the other recovery, uefi partitions. Took about 35 minutes. I love this!

    It reported I/O at the end of 1GB/sec read and 800MB+/sec write average.

    I expected hours from 2.0 experience. Advancement in tech is wonderful!
    Fast, aren't they!?!? I love mine, which I use to save all my data to. When I leave the house, it goes with me, since I'm working on a huge lawsuit and have lots of incriminating (to the other side) evidence. I have two of them which I alternate with the cloud.

    Oh, and BTW, I got the WD from Target at a huge savings just before Target financials were hacked! Had to get a new bank debit/credit card and notify quite a few payees of the new numbers.
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    Oh, and BTW, I got the WD from Target at a huge savings just before Target financials were hacked! Had to get a new bank debit/credit card and notify quite a few payees of the new numbers.
    Ah, so that's why they have those loss leaders!
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  8. #8


    United States
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    Regardless the actual speed I just know it much faster than my old 2.0 external drives. The bits/bytes thing always gets mixed up. I'm happy with it. Guess that's what really matters.
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Regardless the actual speed I just know it much faster than my old 2.0 external drives. The bits/bytes thing always gets mixed up. I'm happy with it. Guess that's what really matters.
    You are right. You have to like it, that's all what counts.
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  10. #10


    India
    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro


    I am with OP and his excitement. When I first got mine (Sony, not WD) I was thinking something is wrong :P Cause I had not read any reviews before buying. But then from 30-31 MB per sec to something like 100+ MB per sec is just wonderful.
    However the bad part of USB 3.0 is it highly depends on drivers. I mean I have seen my friend's Intel X58 board provides transfer rate around 125-130 MB per sec, while mine averages out at 100 MB per sec. Little sad, but hey I don't care much

    What's eSATA btw? I mean are their different hard disks which are eSATA or what? I have seen the eSATA plug on my motherboard, but even in this three years I haven't even had the interest to search for it. Shame on me
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