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I'm considering getting rid of my desktop and instead getting a laptop...but I have a huge collection of music, movies, etc.

I've got about 3TB worth of data, not including my SSD boot drive (an extra ~50gb or so).

I know that some laptops can have their CD drive removed and a second HD bay can be installed, so...

1) With 2 hard drive bays, what's the max storage? (2) 1TB hard drives?

2) Can a laptop have 2 hard drive bays AND a CD drive? Or will I have to resort to an external drive?

3) Will I realistically have to just resort to having a huge external hard drive?

My hesitation with having a laptop + external drive (I've tried it before) is that it's so slow to play media off the external. Perhaps there's a faster (albeit more expensive) external hard drive? Something that uses USB 3.0?

Thanks for the help.

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post #2 of 15
Back in the day the the clevo d900c had the capability of 3 hard drives in raid 0/1/5, while still having a dvd drive, so you could have opted for a 4th hard drive instead.

I guess that clevo still makes a 3 hdd laptop.
Sager np8180/clevo p180hm

edit: As far as I know 1TB is the biggest laptop hdd I know of.

You could always use msata instead of usb if for faster hdd transfers, I would guess usb 3.0 would be fast enough though, and not need external power.
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1) With 2 hard drive bays, what's the max storage? (2) 1TB hard drives?

seems like the biggest hdd is 1tb for 2.5"

2) Can a laptop have 2 hard drive bays AND a CD drive? Or will I have to resort to an external drive?

If it has the proper configuration, why the hell not. But considering most laptop's i've seen, probably not.

3) Will I realistically have to just resort to having a huge external hard drive?

yup. It's not as bad as you think really. Just might have to plan ahead of time if you travel and want to watch certain movies.
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You could always use msata instead of usb if for faster hdd transfers, I would guess usb 3.0 would be fast enough though, and not need external power.
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yup. It's not as bad as you think really.

Alright so would the best way to go be USB 3.0? This means the laptop needs 3.0 ports and the external hard drive needs what?

I currently own a Fantom Green Drive, but it's USB 2 and not very fast.

Are there 3TB external drives with 3.0 speeds?
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Pretty much any current laptop is going to have usb 3.0, you just need a usb 3.0 enclosure, they are fairly cheap on newegg.
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Alright so would the best way to go be USB 3.0? This means the laptop needs 3.0 ports and the external hard drive needs what?
I currently own a Fantom Green Drive, but it's USB 2 and not very fast.
Are there 3TB external drives with 3.0 speeds?

What size laptop are you considering? Most 17" gaming laptops have 2 hard drive bays. As per the picture you provided, you could swap out the optical bay for a 3rd HDD. So, 3 x 1TB, or 2x 1TB and a SSD boot drive.

My recommendation would be to use a 2.5" portable hard drive (it's a laptop! Come on now). That, or use an external DVD-RW/Blu-Ray drive.
 
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I know that a lot of Asus and Toshiba laptops have 2 or more drive bays.

It really depends on the laptop.

This one has 2 hdd bays and a possible third if you could use the dvd drive: http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/qosmio/X770/X775-Q7272

I also would recommend this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056YNA34/ref=asc_df_B0056YNA341886292?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0056YNA34

USB 3 is very fast.
    
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post #8 of 15
Ived had that problem before. here are some options that might help;

- get a network hard drive so you can access them anywhere with your laptop. I dont get lags while streaming videos from it.
- they are making 2tb or 1.5tb 2.5" hdd's if I remember it right, might wanna wait for it though hdds just became expensive lately.
- get a 17" laptop that has two hard drive bays like those asus (i think) and im pretty sure about the m17x. They are cheap now refurbed. plus you also get to make the dvd bay into another hdd bay so you get 3 bays in total, 1tb on each = 3tb.
- get a macbook pro with thunderbolt and get a thunderbolt external hdd though its costly but fast.
- get a laptop with usb 3 support and get an external hdd with usb3.

-or try what im doing, save all the files on an external hdd and only copy those you really need. Its not like youll watch or listen to all 3tb worth of movies and music at the same time.biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 15
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I'm thinking about getting this Toshiba Portege Z835. I know when people think "desktop replacement" they think of heavy 17in laptops with i7s. But this thing is incredibly thin and light, has an i5 (I don't need a GPU) and USB 3.0

The only problem is it has only 1 drive and no CD drive. But I think that it might be worth it to get a large external with high speeds and an external CD drive. It has a 128SSD so that's plenty for my Boot, Programs, Music, and a lot of videos if I'm traveling.

Does anyone have any specific recommendations for fast external drives? I'm thinking around the 2-4TB range. I know prices are high right now for drives frown.gif

Edit: Holy crap, how can such a small & fast hard drive be so cheap? 3TB for $170? That's what I'm talking about.
Edited by TheWolfe - 2/4/12 at 3:47pm
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Will I realistically have to just resort to having a huge external hard drive?


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