Quote: Originally Posted by smokedawg81
Thank you for the quick response. So if I do decide to get an external I wont be losing any speed as opposed to getting a internal hard drive? And that leads to my next question, To your knowledge, Is an Internal hard drive cheaper then a External? Is the RMPs something that is easy to find in the specs?
An external hard drive is slower in reads and writes than an internal drive because of the data path. The path on the motherboard through the SATA controller is multiple times faster than the path through USB, eSATA, Firewire, or them all.
An internal drive is always faster, and almost always cheaper than an external drive.
(FYI: The actual hard disk inside the external drive is exactly the same as an internal disk. You can actually take a hard disk out of an external drive case and install it internally. Externals cost more because you pay for the case, power supply, cable, and the built in controller.)