Difference Between eSata and External Hard Drives

kuroteckie

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Good afternoon techies,

I currently doing some research on storage devices and wanted to know if I should consider getting an external drive and eSata drive. However, I don't really know the difference between the two as I thought they were the same thing. I do know the eSata have a dedicated port for them and that external HDDs can be connected via USB. What is the difference between the two?
 

USAFRet

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eSATA vs USB is simply a different connection type.
external SATA. It was meant to be able to see the same performance as an internally connected SATA drive. It never really caught on.

eSATA is probably a bit faster. But requires an eSATA port on your motherboard. Somewhat rare.
USB is common....it would be hardto find a board without multiple USB ports.

Depending on what you use it for, you'll not see any difference.
 

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That makes sense, with a picture to go along with the explanation. I've always thought eSata was nothing more than another external HD

 

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