Which external hard drive interface is fastest?

You need to increase the storage in a new laptop with an external hard drive, but your applications require high-speed access to storage. Which of these external hard drive interfaces provide the fastest throughput?



C) FireWire 400


E) Barbed wire

The answer: D) eSATA

External SATA drive connections provide the same fast throughput as SATA, with SATA II speeds at 300 megabytes per second.

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