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Old 01-25-2005, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of buying an external hard drive for my laptop. I have noticed that most have an 8mb buffer while a few have 16mb. Is this something I should consider when purchasing the drive?

I was thinking Maxtor One-Touch 200 gb @ 7200 rpm w/8mb buffer?
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone?
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I wouldn't worry to much about that. However, I have found that most of the HDs that I have looked at for my internal srives have 16MB buffer if they are above a certain volume size. For instance, I have a 300GB Maxtor HD that has 16 and I couldn't find one with 8. I really don't know much about it other than the fact that it stores the volume information.
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doesn't 16mb search faster than a 8mb??
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16mb does search faster. Why are you going to get external instead of internal ?
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Its not a huge difference. Get what you can afford.
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i suggest making an external by buyin an external casing for it then puttin the hd in... a ton cheaper
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I prefer external b/c I also have two other desktops in two different places that I want to share all the programs/documents with - so I figure this would be easier.

Is it difficult to change internal into external. If I do that, wouldn't it be much bigger than an external?

So really not much difference b/t 8mb and 16mb huh.
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I would go with the 16mb if there is not too much of a price difference. It will be faster, although you may not notice too much.
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Try to get a firewire HD.
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