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Thunderbolt or Express Card to USB 3.0 adapter? Quicker?

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Sep 25, 2012 8:26 PM

I'm going to put a couple hard drives in my Macbook with the OWC data doubler (taking out the optical drive), as a side note. I'm also going to have a spare (2.5" internal) drive, so I thought I would put the drive in this case (equiped with USB 3.0):

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123371&Tpk=OK4250

 

I want to get USB 3.0 speeds and heard that an express card adapter can utilize the USB3.0 speeds. So I was looking at this cable:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Express-Card-Expresscard-34mm-to-USB-3-0-Adapter-/130754 952830?pt=US_Internal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item1e719a3e7e

 

I'm wondering if it would be better to get a Thunderbolt to USB3.0 adapter, or does it even matter which I get (Thunderbolt/Express card to USB3.0 adapter)? Will both adapters yield the USB3.0 speeds? (I'm actually not sure if Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapters exist, but they should).

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Model 8.3, 8GB Ram 750GB 5400rpm HD

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