by Dinesh Thakur

Data transfer rate (sometimes just called "data rate") simply refers to just how fast data can get from one place to another-"one place to another" meaning between a computer and a peripheral (an external piece of hardware connected to the computer) or one modem to another modem, or even from one internal part of a computer to another internal part.

 

This measured speed can vary a great deal, depending on just what kind of data is being transferred, what method is being used to transfer it, and what hardware and software is doing the transferring. Don't be too surprised by large figures when you see specific data transfer rates mentioned; the standard unit of measure for most transfers is ME (megabytes) per second!