Choose the Best Interface for the Job

Here’s another quick tip for tonight.

These days, we have all sorts of interfaces in our computers: wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, Firewire, eSATA, Bluetooth just to name a few. However, sometimes the most convenient interface won’t be the quickest.

For instance, when I was transferring all the data from the old drives to the new drives in my Windows Home Server I started using a hard drive dock. What I didn’t realise at the time was I was attempting to do some heavy duty data transfers over USB – not the brightest idea (even if I was going to leave it going overnight). Eventually, I caught on that moving several terabytes of data would probably be best done by opening up the computer and hooking the drive up inside using a much faster SATA interface.

Similarly, when the new MacBook Air arrived transferring the data over Wi-Fi from the MacBook Pro was going to be slower than hooking one or both of them up with a cable to the network. Whilst using Wi-Fi would have kept the room clear of cable clutter it would have been much slower compared to 100Mbps or 1Gbps Ethernet.

Again, there are trade offs but sometimes you just need to take a hit on convenience for the sake of speed.

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