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Old 09-20-2013, 03:50 PM
SteveL SteveL is offline
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Understanding bottlenecks: best practices for max performance

Iím setting up SD! on my daughterís MacBook Air (USB 3 + thunderbolt ports). She runs Win7 in Parallels, so we know that there will routinely be a 20 GB file to clone.

Which, if any, of the following drives will provide the optimal setup (i.e., fastest)?

1) OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini: USB 3 + SSD;

2) OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini: USB 3 + 7,200 RPM HD;

3) LaCie Rugged: Thunderbolt + 5,400 RPM HD.

My hunch is that the SSD wonít gain much; USB 3 and Thunderbolt will provide similar performance; so itís down to which manufacturer makes the most reliable drive.

Which, if any, do you think would be the best long term choice?

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