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Transfer Rate

The amount of data which can be transferred between two points in a given period of time. You will usually see this term used in conjunction with storage media like hard drives, CD-ROMs, DAT backups, etc. Transfer rates become important when trying to determine if a drive can support the demands placed on it by applications like recording and playing digital audio, video, or multimedia files.

Two things to keep in mind with transfer rates:

  1. A drive’s transfer rate may be different for reading and writing data.
  2. Transfer rates are CPU dependent. Regardless of how fast your drive is, your computer can only accept data as fast as the CPU can handle it.

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