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New High-Speed Hard Drives for Backing Up and Storing Business Data The newest version of the USB standard takes the pace of business data management and backup to a whole new level.

By Jonathan Blum

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The nickname says it all: USB 3.0, the hottest thing in connecting peripherals and moving business data around is dubbed SuperSpeed USB in geek circles.

USB 3.0 will connect digital printers, cameras and hard drives to computers as much as 10 times faster than the current version. With early products, that means the saving of 25GB of active work files will take just four minutes instead of the 14 that USB 2.0 takes. USB 3.0 devices also are more energy efficient.

"USB 3.0 is mostly about speed, but it is also about power consumption," says Brian O'Rourke, principal analyst for In-Stat, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based research firm. "USB 3.0 reduces the amount of polling that hosts must do to determine the number of connected USB devices. This does reduce power consumption."

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