Back up Drives Speed??


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Does a faster back up drives speed, i.e. 5000 rpm vs 7200 rpm, etc, decrease the time required for a back up image? Thanks.


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If everything else were the same on the drive, then very likely yes, but that's almost never the case.  Take a look at this thread where a very similar question was just asked.  If you can find reviews/benchmarks of your current and potential future drive (they would have to be of the specific capacities you have and are looking at as well) and the reviews indicate that the latter is significantly faster than the former, then it may be worth upgrading.  However, about the most you'll get from a spinning drive is 120 MB/s, so check how close you're already coming to that figure now by looking at your backup log files and dividing the size of the backup file that was generated (NOT the amount of data backed up) by the time it took in order to get a rough idea of where you are now.  I would do that rather than using Reflect's own performance numbers shown in the log because those have seemed implausibly high to me, so maybe they count the amount of pre-compression data that was transferred rather than post-compression, but that's not what you'd want.

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