Re: question aboutexternal hard drives
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The only external harddrives I know of for windows machines ar u s b; that is, the drikve connects to the computer with a u s b cable.
With some drives, especially the ones that are 4 tb and less, also use this u s b cable for their power.
Most usb drives these days, are u s b 3 or higher. Newer machines can also support a u s bb c drive which is faster than a usb 3 drive.
You us can use the same cable to connect a drive to either u s b 2 or 3.
U s b 3 drives are quie fast wheter plugged into a desktop or a laptop.
You would really only nnotice the difference if you were transferring large amounts of data like hundreds of gigabytes of a few thousand tarabytes. That will take a while no matter what you are using.
If you use a an external drive that gets its power from a wall plugin, it will make no difference as the transfer speed is determined by the type of u s b connection.
Mac machines use something called a thunderball connection; I know nothing about these.
I purchased a 4 tarabyte usb drive a month ago. The u s b cable connected it to the computer and provided the poer. It cost 112 u s dollars.
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Shirley Healy
Sent: June-23-20 11:54 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] question aboutexternal hard drives
if i was to buy a hard drive that says its for a desktop, you know one you plug in and not a USB model, could i use that on a laptop as well? or would I have to have a desktop?