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Ok , i messed up with windows last week , and my father has cut me off instalation of software in the computer.But he said that i could buy my own HD and do wahtever I wanted with her, as long as I stayed out of the main system...
So my questions are:
Sould i buy an external Hard drive= more expensive
or an internal Hard drive and put her in an external case=way more cheap?
Will i notice any diference in transfer rates?
Should i use USB 2.0 or FIrewire 800( ill be using it at my school also, at home my board has eSATA)
Will 80GB be enough?
I just wanna install some games, backup some stuff....
I will have Windows 2000 ,and Linux instaled.
Will , i be able to , for example , get to a computer , link the usb or FireWire cable on to it , and boot from the drive?
Thanks alot!
Du@lGeEk
post #2 of 23
you can only boot from one computer....so....sorry to say, but that probably won't work like you plan...
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1) Internal Drive, external enclosure. MUCH cheaper and probably faster.

2) Well, firewire is better at streaming, but I dont think you can boot from firewire on most PC's. So, USB 2.0.

3) Yes, 80GB should be plenty. Just don't fill it with music, lol.

NOTE: You may have some trouble getting linux to work >_<
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Booting from USB is a no-go in Windows. Not sure about Firewire. Windows requires to lock the drive or something like that, which is not possible with USB. I do think there is a cumbersome work around, but it involves a 'emergency windows set up' and is likely not worth it

I leave linux to the experts on this
    
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
1) Internal Drive, external enclosure. MUCH cheaper and probably faster.

2) Well, firewire is better at streaming, but I dont think you can boot from firewire on most PC's. So, USB 2.0.

3) Yes, 80GB should be plenty. Just don't fill it with music, lol.

NOTE: You may have some trouble getting linux to work >_<
Can you tell my why?
And , wich is the most look-a-like Tiger X linux?
post #6 of 23
Booting from USB is possible on the home system, on any others else where may be a problem because the BIOS may no be configed for it or allow you access to do as such.

A long read on the subject...
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device.../usb-boot.mspx
    
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Linux can and will boot off a USB drive, but you usually have to rebuild the kernel to include support for mounting USB from boot and you, need to rebuild the initial ram disk. As for which most looks like Mac OS X. You need a Gnome based distro for that. KDE looks more along the lines of windows.
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hmm for me when i installed linux on a usb drive it worked without any alterations (suse)
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What about cases?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Squeeky
hmm for me when i installed linux on a usb drive it worked without any alterations (suse)
Sweet! That's that problem solved.
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