eSATA would it be a bottleneck?
Wanting to add an external 2.5 inch 7200 rpm sata harddrive with an eSATA enclosure soley for installing programs and games. I want the games to run smoothly and programs to load as fast as they would on an internal drive.
Here's why I want this to be external: Bought a fairly nice laptop, ended up maxing out the ram, the previous owner yanked out the old harddrive and installed a TINY SSD, only 60gb, I can't even have windows and world of warcraft on this thing.
Here's why I don't want to replace the internal drive: Dell has NO DRIVE BAY, you have to literally disassemble the entire laptop to access the drive, keyboard, monitor, everything. This is a daunting task for someone who's used to building desktops, open door, toss components in.
So, laptop has a eSATAp port, does this mean I don't have to have a powered enclosure when using a 2.5 inch drive? AND, can I play fast paced games with no lag when the game is installed on an external drive running through eSATA? Say, Need for speed undercover, nothing super modern, but modern enough.
If I have to replace the internal, I will, but if I can get the same speeds through eSATA i'd feel safer going that route.
Dell Inspiron N5110, eSATAp port, 8gb ram.