external drive or internal hard drive

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crimson117
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external drive or internal hard drive i don't know which one to get because 1tb external drive's are very expensive and 1tb internal hard drive's are very cheap and faster. my dad says get a external drive becuase when we go on holiday or somthing i can hide it so still have my data but what are the chances of that my pc is on top floor and we have an alarm. if i get aninternal hard drive it will be the
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA-300.
anyway what do you think

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Andreas Hofer
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If you are on the move a lot, you might want to consider an external drive. Of course those drives are more expensive than internal ones and usually somewhat slower as well. What you could do is get an e-SATA-Drive, it is as fast as an internal drive and can be used as such but can be carried around if needed. In your case you might need to buy an e-SATA card and plug it into your motherboard, unless your case has an output already. Price is about 17-28 Dollars.
USB and Firewire devices are good for backups and multimedia playback but that's about it.
In most cases it is better to have a fast internal drive and a smaller, cheaper, external one, that only carries the really important files you need.
If hiding the drive is really important I'd go with the e-SATA option because you can install an entire OS on that drive so as soon as you remove the plug, the PC is useless until you plug in again.

crimson117
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if i removed my hard drive and in 2 weeks i put it back in would it be the same as it was last time

epinky2295
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Internal drives are your best bet. That is if you are using it for your own storage. If you are going to need those files in multiple places, then external is your choice.

Internal drives are a lot cheaper and faster than external drives.

Andreas Hofer
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e-SATA drives are like internal drives. They are external but connected directly to the motherboard and therefore do have the same performance as the usual internal ones.

Yes, you should be able to boot up your pc after plugging the drive in again. You might need to look into you BIOS settings and change the BOOT-order once before booting it up.

crimson117
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i am going to get an internal hard drive

thank you