Let me rephrase… What is the supposed advantage to USB 3.0 Vs eSATA?
The reason I’m asking is that recently a neighbor asked me to edit a large group of audio (mostly mp3) files and in moving them to his USB 3.0 WD Passport Drive the entire copy operation, involving 212gb of files the copy operation to his drive took 188 minutes yes, that’s right 3hours 8min.
a similar copy operation, identical group of files, same source drive, same files, same copying program, the only difference being that the second copy operation was to a WD 320gb drive in an eSATA enclosure.
This second copy run took 91minutes.
Same group of files, same desktop computer.
The Both the eSATA and USB3.0 running off PCIe cards.
I was under the impression that USB3.0 was supposed to be FASTER
than eSATA… by a proportion of 5:3, I was not expecting eSATA to WIN
by almost exactly 2:1 in a head-to-head test.
I really doubt anyone else is comparison testing doing >200gb write operations…
For Whatever it’s worth BOTH destination drives were empty.
The copy operations were run from a SATAIII data drive
The copy runs were done back to back, the USB3.0 run was
done with the computer idle, during the eSATA run I actually
browsing ebay with my email open…
I feel somewhat disappointed with the USB3.0…