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HDD vs USB vs SSD boot

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By marinkvasina
May 19, 2013
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  1. Solvest.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2015
  2. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 296   +49

    If you have USB 3.0 and a fast thumb drive like Sandisk Extreme, Corsair Flash Voyager GT Speed, or Kingston Data Traveler HyperX, it will be faster than a HDD, about like a first generation SSD. USB 2.0 is going to be slower than the HDD, so in this case, an external HDD would be just as fast as and cheaper than a large 2.0 thumb drive
     
  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,228   +957

    Slower than a modern SSD and faster than a regular HDD.
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,228   +957

    Well it really matters on your motherboards USB3 controller. USB3 is usually 5GB/s. That is 1GB/s less than SATA.
     
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 296   +49

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