For the two activities of

  1. transferring 10GB-large mp4 (.mts) video files from external HDD to laptop, and
  2. editing these same files directly on the connected external HDD drive,

how much better/faster do these activities become using a Thunderbolt connection instead of a USB connection on a Windows 11 laptop?

  • HDDs are a bit slow for video, no matter how they're connected.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 10, 2023 at 19:13
  • Aren't HDDs best for video storage, while SSD is best for video editing?
    – user610620
    Mar 14, 2023 at 21:21
  • HDDs last longer, unpowered, sitting on a shelf. For everything else you want speed.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 15, 2023 at 9:27
  • Heard HDDs only have a (recommended) life of 5 years
    – user610620
    Mar 15, 2023 at 17:41
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    Whereas unpowered SSDs are only a year. You've still a lot of research to do.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 15, 2023 at 18:28


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