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External Hard Drive Standard Disc v SSD

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Hello and good morning. I currently use Western Digital Disc-based external hard drives to back up my music collection plus photos, videos and documents. I do these manually using a 'copy and paste' method via a USB 3 SS port.My music collection take up 500gb of space and takes 3.5 hours to back-up from scratch.

I was wondering if, in addition to using Western Digital standard disc EXD, would an additional Western Digital SSD 1tb help speed up the process given that the desktop is a disc based product. If so, which of their ssd products should I purchase please.

All help and advice greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for your responses.
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No. The external storage speed issue is related to the connection type (ie: USB) and not the disk speed. And those speeds are slow if you have a USB3 external drive and are using an actual USB3 port on the PC.

For reference, I can copy 400GB to a drive in about 2 hours. This is a bare drive in a eSATA dock and is only writing at 40-50k (should be much higher and I am currently investigating that issue). I also have a new external Seagate 8TB USB3 drive that I am using for testing, and the speed writing to that drive is 180-220k (so 4 times faster, which would equate to only a 1/4 of the time to transfer 400GB).

So your issue doesn't appear drive related, it's USB port related. My guess is you are using a standard USB (2) port.
Thank you for your help. I think I'll stick to my 3 backups and leave an ssd backup until my next computer.
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