No matter if you use a Mac or PC personal computer, performing a backup of personal computer data in a half of the time is achievable with USB 3.0 drives. Termed 'SuperSpeed', the brand new USB3 Universal Serial Bus standard is finally becoming established and delivering up to 5Gigabits per second data transfer rates. This new super-fast connection is potentially ten times speedier than our current USB 2.0 capabilities.
With the release of new laptop and desktop computers deploying Intel's Ivy-Bridge silicon chipset, USB 3.0 support is being built into new motherboards using this reference design. Most of the big computer makers are all deploying and beginning to ship USB3 systems on both the Macintosh and Windows PC platforms. The same updates are occurring for computer accessory makers as well.
Ordinary mechanical platter hard disk drive technology is capable of data backup rates somewhat quicker than they're allowed to on a USB 2.0 interface. As such USB 3.0 will make conventional external disk drive mechanisms perform much faster for backup tasks. And thanks to backwards compatibility for older USB devices, these SuperSpeed storage drives will still be usable on aging computers lacking a USB 3.0 port.
Perhaps the real speed benefit of USB3 storage and it's bandwidth is most obvious when used with USB 3.0 SSD disk drives now appearing on the market. Liberated from physical latency and sluggish access times, these solid-state flash memory disks can redefine how fast and effortless computer backups can be. Regardless if in a handheld 2.5 notebook drive form-factor - or a conventional 'thumb-drive' - these USB 3.0 Solid-State external drives will make backing up tons of information a time-saving godsend.