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Hello,

Need an external HDD to use for my Windows Op Systems class. I believe we will be working on things like memory management to virtual machines.
-$100 max
-must be a minimum at 80 GB.

Should I go with an internal SSD and a SATA Hard Drive External Enclosure?
post #2 of 7
There are a handful that make HDDs and all are good. Just go for best size at cheapest price and USB 3.0. Seagate, WD etc... SSD and then an enclosure would be smaller size drives and more expensive and what little speed you get would be insignificant.
 
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Exactly what Gunderman said. Just find a nice portable USB 3.0 external drive. Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Toshiba, etc all make great drives. Even the "random no name" brands most likely use Seagate / WD hard drives inside them. Something like this would be perfect. http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Drive-Storage/dp/B006Y5UV4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378521345&sr=8-1&keywords=western+digital+external+hard+drive
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If it'll be used for virtual machines, then definitely go with the SSD. I have that 1TB Passport and even running 2 VMs at the same time from it is a painful experience. In comparison, there was nary a blip when I booted 4 VM's at the same time from an Intel X25-M G2 120GB in a cheap Rosewill USB2 enclosure. Random performance on portable 2.5" HDDs are just terrible. They generally use 5400RPM drives for lower power and I've even got a Passport 2TB which runs at 5200RPM.

If the intended usage is for an application requiring high random 4K IOPS, then the performance difference isn't negligible at all. There's at least a 5x difference between a 2.5" 5400 RPM drive an SSD in USB enclosure. 2.5" 5400RPM is usually below 1MB/s while SSDs can deliver 5-8MB/s on USB 2.0 (low probably because of USB inefficiency and/or overhead) and even greater on USB 3.0.
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post #5 of 7
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Hmm so would a regular External Hard Drive from Microcenter be fine? My professor didn't imply that we'll be doing any heavy stuff, just said to get an external hard drive with 80 GB minimum.

Of course a good quality drive would be much better, but I honestly don't know anything about external drives, such as the speed.
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If there's a power plug nearby get a regular 7200RPM drive. If not get a 2.5" 5400RPM. If you are in class then get an SSD. Put the SSD in the laptop and boot your OS off that then run your current HDD as an external drive. That way you can run your VM's off the SSD and keep your games and other programs on the portable. Games won't run great, they will run terribly in fact but if you don't game you will be fine and you will have speed and extra battery power.
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Originally Posted by Liranan View Post

If there's a power plug nearby get a regular 7200RPM drive. If not get a 2.5" 5400RPM. If you are in class then get an SSD. Put the SSD in the laptop and boot your OS off that then run your current HDD as an external drive. That way you can run your VM's off the SSD and keep your games and other programs on the portable. Games won't run great, they will run terribly in fact but if you don't game you will be fine and you will have speed and extra battery power.

Hey, thanks for the reply.

This drive isn't for personal use, such as gaming. It's just a requirement for my Windows OS class.

We will need a regular external drive to work with. I was just wondering if an SSD along with an external enclosure would be a better buy, considering all I need is 80 GB minimum.

Money is a factor of course, I will really like to save a few extra bucks.

So, this is what I am looking at (Toshiba
Canvio 3.0 500GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive):

http://www.microcenter.com/product/373078/Canvio_30_500GB_SuperSpeed_USB_30_Portable_External_Hard_Drive
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