Apple’s Thunderbolt technology carries certain advantages over USB and FireWire, though most Thunderbolt devices are used for attaching additional storage to a Mac. Bare Feats ran a shootout between Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.
There’s something for everyone in this shootout of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt notebook size storage devices. Most are compact and bus powered. It’s good to know that the newest USB 3.0 storage units are as fast as comparable Thunderbolt units.
For storage, USB 3.0 is no slouch.