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Last night, I installed a C300 into my laptop in my sig. The old drive was a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB WD5000BEVT. I was going to swing by Micro Center today to grab an external usb enclosure for it, and another 4GB stick of memory.

They have a few USB 2.0 enclosures for $3-$4. Are these going to be fast enough to run a single application/game at a time? They advertise 480 Mbps.
 
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I wouldn't recommend it, I used to use a enclosure for running games while I was at school, and man, it was horrible.

Mind you, this was a few years back so technology could have changed, but I highly doubt they will be able to run present games like bf3, arkham city, etc
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No. You should've bought an SSD with double the space. On my Macbook Pro I replaced the optical drive with a 750gb 7200 rpm HDD to make up for the size of the SSD.
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I had this SSD in my desktop. My laptop has SATA III, so I get about 400 MB/s out of the drive. The original drive was a terrible multi-tasker. I have a 3 in 1 Drive Adapter that is USB 2.0. I am going to test this on it before I buy a 2.0 enclosure. I should have just done that before I posted.

USB 3.0 says it can do up to 5 Gbps. I can get one of those for $10 more. I would think it would work better, right? Did you use 2.0 yourself?

Hmmm, I guess I could plug into the optical too like you did.
 
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Its doable but not recommended. Transfer speed are too slow. Also if that usb port is on the same comtroller as another port, everytime you plug something into that port it disconnect every device on that controller and reconnects. I might be wrong, so somebody corrext me. But seeing how its a laptop, pretty sure each usb would have its own controller
    
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I don't think mine does that. I have not seen anything disconnect when I plug something new in. It is a Sandy Bridge laptop. I am formatting the drive and running a benchmark to see how fast it will be on a 2.0 interface right now.

I will remove the optical and test that idea next.
 
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