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Alright, so I'm building a video editing PC for a family friend. He wants to be able to transfer data quickly from a PC that supports Thunderbolt along with a toaster/enclosure with Thunderbolt capabilities and vise-verse (will put a 250 GB SSD & 1TB HDD into his computer).

If he uses the regular 7200 rpm HDDs with the enclosure that supports Thunderbolt, will the HDD cap the speed before the Thunderbolt link does? Will a SSD also bottleneck a Thundebolt line? What I'm trying to ask is, is it worth getting a Thunderbolt enclosure or stick with USB 3.0?

If there any good cheap enclosures/toasters you know, please link them smile.gif Thanks in advance
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Alright, so I'm building a video editing PC for a family friend. He wants to be able to transfer data quickly from a PC that supports Thunderbolt along with a toaster/enclosure with Thunderbolt capabilities and vise-verse (will put a 250 GB SSD & 1TB HDD into his computer).

If he uses the regular 7200 rpm HDDs with the enclosure that supports Thunderbolt, will the HDD cap the speed before the Thunderbolt link does?
HDDs max at about 100MB/s-130MB/s, better/newer HDDs can reach 150-200MB/s. So a HDD won't saturate it either. RAID 0 can double/triple/quadruple speeds tho/
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Will a SSD also bottleneck a Thundebolt line?
An SSD will not saturate it.
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What I'm trying to ask is, is it worth getting a Thunderbolt enclosure or stick with USB 3.0?

If there any good cheap enclosures/toasters you know, please link them smile.gif Thanks in advance
up to you, usb should be fine enough.
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Ty Webster. Does anyone know the theoretical and real time data transfers for USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt?
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Ty Webster. Does anyone know the theoretical and real time data transfers for USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt?

USB 3.0 has different modes.... so it really depends on the controller and adapter. Plus the type of files have an impact as well. USB 3.0 can do 100-300MB/s sequential read/writes.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3-uas-turbo,3215.html



Thunderbolt enclosures are generally much pricier than more ubiquitous USB.
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USB 3.0 won't bottleneck single HDDs but it'll definitely bottleneck an SSD. If you have, say, a RAID-0 of 2x WD VelociRaptor 1TB or WD Blue WD10EZEX, then yeah, USB 3.0 might even bottleneck that.

If your friend's budget can handle it, I say go for Thunderbolt. Also, there may be a reason he specifically wants Thunderbolt. If you're dealing with uncompressed video, USB 3.0 ain't gonna cut it.
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