Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 5:00 AM (in response to Montana2012)
Agreed, but you also have to take into account that it will be no faster than the slowest component. Your thunderbolt port maybe capable of 10 gB speeds, but can your drives read/write at those speeds? Nope!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 5:04 AM (in response to stedman1)
Ahhh. Of course! the slowest compnent bottleneck. I didn't even think that the drive R/W may be limiting the I/O. So of course the next question is if I changed to a SSD in my iMac, would I get close to the 10Gb/s advertised on Thunderbolt?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to stedman1)
so is there a apple imac or computer that has a drive that read at that speed. Because I'm in the market for a new computer with the ability to to do this transfer speed? Or is the trouble with the seagate side of the transfer?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to Montana2012)
devide it by 8 this makes bits into bytes
now you have the substained transfer rate
now all you have to do is look for various reviews if the SSD disc can keep up
of cause the protocol overhead will mean that one can never reach the full 10Gb/sec but it should be closer then
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 6:08 AM (in response to Montana2012)
it's allways been like that IDE, SATA, SCSI all interfaces for transfering data from storage to ram and cpu
have been much much much faster then the devices connected to them
only really usb (not usb3) and firewire (and only some version) ever been an interface bottleneck
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 6:37 AM (in response to Montana2012)
Interfaces have always been faster than the mechanical devices they have been connected to.
The standard hard drive is 7200 RPM, and the drive's read/write capabilities are always slower.
While Imhibk SSDs would still be faster, for me, I find that they are still pprohibitively expensive right now for much lower data storage sizes. I would think in another two years or so, they should be larger and faster SSDs and the price will come down to where I can seriously think about purchasing and owning one.
Another thing you could look at to get better read/write speeds from a conventional, spinning hard drive is to see if you can find a hard drive that uses Thunderbolt, but spins at the higher 10,000 RPM speeds.
Not sure of the costs of these as 10,000 RPM drives are, usually, much more expensive than their 7200 RPM siblings.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to Montana2012)
To get the full benefit of Thunderbolt speed, you need multiple disk drives arranged in a RAID array (either Raid 0 or Raid 5 would be best.). For more on this, see this article.