Western Digital My Passport Black 1 TB,External,5400 RPM (WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN) Portable Reviews
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Western Digital My Passport Black 1 TB,External,5400 RPM (WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN) Portable

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USB 3 but SATA II speeds

Jan 5, 2013
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Pros:Faster than USB 2
Light and small

Cons:too wide for a shirt pocket-SATA II speeds, not USB 3 speeds.

The Bottom Line: Faster thanUSB 2 devices, slower than true USB 3 devices.  SATA II (technically SATA revision 2.0) has a max of 3 Gbit/sec which equates to 384 MB/sec.


The drive connects to a USB 3 port and runs at SATA II speeds (max 3 gps).
For the record, SATA II (technically SATA revision 2.0) has a max of 3 Gbit/sec which equates to 384 MB/sec.
USB 3 can handle a max of 5 Gbits/sec, which equates to 640 MB/sec
I'll bet the hard disk inside this device is a SATA II disk for two reasons:
1) It's darned hard to find a 2.5" size harddisk that operates at SATA III (6gps);
2) This device operates at the same speeds as another device I have that comprises a SATA II disk and a USB 3 to SATA II enclosure. Doing 60 GigaByte file ops, the avg speed is roughly 3 gps3 Gbit/sec with both devices.
So this drive is not bad. It does indeed connect to USB 3. And on USB 2 it will allow the SATA II drive to reach its full speed, which is 3 gps. So this divice is faster whe  connected to USB 3 than when connected to USB 2. It is indeed 3 times faster when connected to USB 3 than when it's connected to USB 2. It does not give USB 3 speeds but does allow SATA II speeds, which are faster than USB 2 because USB 2 chokes SATA II..
So we're not being lied to, but one can easily be misled. But we are used to being misled by harddisk manufacturers--It's how big?


Recommend this product? Yes


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