but no matter how fast the external drive is...SATA-PATA or whatever ... it's still using the USB or perhaps Firewire interface. Therein lies the speed limiting factor...480Mbp/s.
From my perspective ... I'd rather choose a drive that matches my storage needs, capacity and speed, with a decent warranty and match it with a good quality USB 2.0 external case than worry about the fastest drive that won't go any faster than the USB bus will let it.
No point spending more for an SATA drive with a max of 3.0Gbp/s over a system that maxes out at 480Mbp/s. Just not too many choices for good quality external enclosures using the SATA interface yet.
This is the deal, I have a laptop and I need a decent transfer rate of moving files from my laptop to an external hardrive---A RELIABLE one. I personally do not like the "one touch" basis hardrives. I just want a clunky regular hardrive doing its job in an external enclosure. So I was reading some stuff and I ran into this "Maxtor SATA 200GB 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive with PCI Card Bundle" Question?....Is there any possible way of getting this baby to work as an external hardrive?...connection types?...Convertions?...some suggestions as to an equal or better hardrive are welcome...