My USB2.0 external HD has started being noiser than normal recently so I think it's time for another one! At the moment, transfer speeds are something around 20mb per sec from the external to my PC HD. I notice there are now more connectivity options since I bought that one, eSATA being the fastest, right? My new computer has the Striker Extreme motherboard which has 2 eSATA ports on the back. I know that USB2.0 is rated at 480mbps (roughly 60mb/s) but I have never seen speeds anywhere close to that. Is there any real world advantage to getting an eSATA external HD (rated at ~1500mbps? Also, one other quick question - what kind of speeds are you guys seeing with INTERNAL hard drives? For instance if you have a 700mb divx file, what speed do you see if you right click -> copy to? I see roughly 65-70mb/s.. is that about right?