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How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed?

How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed?

Some experiment I did with hard drive read/write speed was 10MB/s write and 40MB/s read, and with a USB Flash drive, it can be 5MB/s write and 10MB/s read.

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Guest [Entry]

One big difference is that the flash drive is using the USB bus, while the drive is using the SATA bus. So even if your flash memory was the same speed in both cases, the drive would have a higher potential throughput.
Guest [Entry]

"As others have pointed out, it depends on the speed of the bus, but for your measured speeds the bus is probably not the bottleneck (assuming you're using USB 2.0). The maximum throughput of USB 2.0 is 480Mbps (60 MB/s).

Flash memory write speeds can vary widely, depending on the particular technology used. Typically, USB flash drives are extremely slow because of the memory type and internal configuration. SSD drives usually address the performance discrepancy by interleaving the memory modules."