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Question Portable SSD make a huge difference over a portable normal hard drive ?

aigomorla

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USB2... no... both will be cap'd at the 480Mb/s of USB2.
USB3, possibly depending on what your copying and reading.
The SSD is most likely to cap your USB3 unless were talking thunderbolt or USB3.1 which then you would need a nVME USB drive.
 
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Depends on what you're copying. For large(r) files USB2 will be the bottleneck. For large numbers of smaller files, you'll see a definite improvement since any portable SSD should be able to saturate the USB2 link. Which means you'll be copying at 35-40MB/s. Unlike a harddrive, which will do at most 1-2MB/s in those conditions.
 

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