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How to store data on my 3 HDDs: USB or SATA?

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I have three 7200rpm HDDs that are used for data storage and currently connected via SATA II, USB 2.0 and eSATA, respectively. Once in very rare blue moon, I may reorganize them and transfer data from and to each other. Other than that, I'm content with speed I'm getting from them and there's no urgent need to upgrade to SATA II or SATA III for this particular application.

I did consider getting a PCI SATA II card but those have their own set of compatibility/reliability issues.

Now, I'm wondering if USB 2.0 is good enough for my 3 HDD storage needs as is or should I ditch the USB 2.0 connection and upgrade my mobo, which has 2 SATA II ports, to a new mobo with more SATA II/III ports?
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What capacity are we talking?
Why not just buy one SATA drive for data storage, a 2TB WD green will cost < 50GBP, connect this to you MB for better performance, use one of the drives via eSATA as a backup drive.
I wouldn't upgrade your MB based on your sig rig when no doubt at some point in the future you will be looking to upgrade anyway, a new HDD will be compatible with the new build, a new MB might not be.
     
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PCI-e USB 3.0 add-in card...

Oh, along with USB3.0 enclosures.
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How much of a noticeable difference would there be between SATA PCI Slot card versus USB 2.0 speed transfers?

I would need a non-Raid card with 300G transfers that supports win 7, 1 TB drives x2 Sata II ports.


Edited by Stealth3si - 11/9/11 at 2:09am
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