Hard drive - internal or external?

Discussion in 'Storage' started by DC, Nov 27, 2008.

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    DC Guest

    "With the advent of external hard drive enclosures and the
    ease of plug and play USB and Firewire connections, many
    people are asking themselves if they should buy an internal
    or external hard drive when it comes to adding more storage
    or work space..."

    Continued: http://easyurl.net/HardDrive
     
    DC, Nov 27, 2008
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    John Holmes Guest

    dennis meissner "contributed" in alt.computer:


    That's because you're stupid. Think again. Internal drive > IDE or SATA
    interface or External drive > USB interface. Now think again once more.
    Which drive would perform faster, eh? Think just one more time again now
    before you come up with fuckwitted answers.
     
    John Holmes, Nov 27, 2008
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    Rod Speed Guest

    One obvious one is if you drop things much. Externals dont last very long if you drop them.
     
    Rod Speed, Nov 27, 2008
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  4. That's because you're stupid. Think again. Internal drive > IDE or SATA
    eSATA is the winner. External, and same speed as internal SATA.

    The only issue is that, before Win7, Windows does not support automatic hotplug detection on eSATA.

    More so, some eSATA hardware is just the adapter plug in the chassis slot - piece of metal, socket and cable, internally connected to the usual SATA socket on the motherboard. With such a configuration, this is usual SATA for any software - Win7 included, so, no hotplug detection.

    You will need to run Device Manager, disable the eSATA controller, connect and power up the disk and re-enable the controller manually. After this, the disk is detected and works fine without a reboot.

    Unplugging the disk is a worse song. Disabling the controller in Device Manager will fail if there are any open files on any volumes on the disk, in which case Device Manager _just suggests you to reboot_.
     
    Maxim S. Shatskih, Nov 28, 2008
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    iws Guest

    |I like external HD, but they are a hassle when in mobile situation
    | like in a airplane. The other problem is that they require a
    | additional power source or battery.

    Not necessarily. I have a 500 GB Buffalo model that runs off USB power.
     
    iws, Nov 29, 2008
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  6. Eg.. If you wanted a 1TB internal SATA drive wouldn't this be cheaper
    By enclosure cost only, and it is cheap. The drive inside the enclosure is the same usual SATA.
     
    Maxim S. Shatskih, Nov 30, 2008
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  7. The last time I looked, 3.5" SATA dekstop drives were cheaper
    If size, weight and the need in an extra power supply are OK - then yes.

    External enclosures with laptop-size drives are usually fed off USB and do not require extra PSU.
     
    Maxim S. Shatskih, Nov 30, 2008
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    iws Guest

    | On Sat, 29 Nov 2008 19:28:46 -0800, "Timothy Daniels"
    |
    | >"John" wrote:
    | >> I believe internal drives are cheaper for the same type of drives.
    | >> Eg.. If you wanted a 1TB internal SATA drive wouldn't this be cheaper
    | >> than a 1TB eSATA drive?
    | >
    | > The last time I looked, 3.5" SATA dekstop drives were cheaper
    | >than their laptop counterparts, byte-for-byte. That's the point: Use
    | >a desktop drive for external laptop storage.
    | >
    | >*TimDaniels*
    |
    | I wouldn't mind having a small notebook to take with me wherever. I'd
    | only want one that was quite small though with a screen size between
    | something like 8 to 11 inches max. I think I'd only use it as a
    | synchronised mobile offspring to my main tower system though. With a
    | notebook I'd just want that one thing for when I'm using it for its
    | purpose of being mobile and "out and about" not to have to lug around
    | a bunch of peripherals for it as well.
    |
    | John
    |
    You mean like this:
    http://www.jr.com/acer-computer/pe/ACE_AOA1501447/
     
    iws, Nov 30, 2008
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