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Solved: Combining SSD with external HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Irrational, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. Irrational

    Irrational Thread Starter

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    Since my laptop has space for only one HDD/SSD (If we neglect the idea of replacing ODD with HDD) I though of buying an SSD to use it for OS/apps and external HDD (something like WD MyBook or My Passport) with USB 3.0 to use it for storage. It this a good idea?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Sure. You do need to understand that external drives have limitations;
    1 They are not made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and make a backup, etc then OFF. This does not apply if the enclosure has its own cooling fan [which almost none do]
    2 They are not as reliable as an internal drive. This is due to shock damage of moving the drive AND the extra interface of the enclosure.

    In any case, data you do not have at least two copies of [on separate media] is data you do not care about. Make sure you have multiple backups of important work files.
     
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