21skywakeFri 27th Apr 2012 Sean_Aaron wrote: Sony_70 wrote:External may be easier to install but tinternal has better wrote speeds which is most important.You can mitigate against that by using a speedy interface like eSATA, USB3 or Firewire 800. I don't think an external drive is going to be slower than optical disc in any event so that would be a plus regardless of whether the drive was internal or not.Well just looking it up an SSD connected via USB2 gets around 300Mbps and via USB3 was doing at least 1.5Gbps (I suspect the SSD was the bottleneck). A typical HDD you'd find in a new desktop HDD enclosure can sustain about 600Mbps. So USB2 vs other interfaces we're talking 300Mbps vs ~600Mbps. On the optical disk drive side of things we're talking upto ~400Mbps if it's a top notch Blu-Ray drive running at full speed but more likely closer to ~250-300Mbps. To put that in perspective the Launch Wii's DVD drive does closer to ~60Mbps, the Launch 360 did ~130Mbps and the Launch PS3 did ~70Mbps.So in theory an external drive on USB2 could be slower than reading from the disk but only marginally and at those speeds you'd be enjoying the marginally slower but significantly quieter HDD I'd think. Higher speed interfaces? Sure, faster again... but not by massive amounts unless you've got an SSD hooked upto it. Edited on Fri 27th April, 2012 @ 17:29 by skywake Some good Aussie musics: King Gizzard, Pond, The Avalanches "Don't stir the pot" is a nice way of saying "they're too dumb to reason with"