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Flash Drive Question

by eo_98250 / May 21, 2006 2:55 PM PDT

My husband needs to take a great deal of music with him in the most portable way possible and play it back on his laptop. Would a new laptop with a bigger hd be a better choice than a USB flash drive? The reason we were thinking the USB instead of a new laptop was the ease of transferring the music files from the computer he uses in his recording studio.

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Why not an external hard drive?
by John.Wilkinson / May 22, 2006 11:12 AM PDT
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A flash drive would be fine, but not ideal for a large music collection...1GB flash drives are the most common, and a 4GB flash drive can be pretty expensive. Instead, I'd suggest an external hard drive. For the price of a 4GB flash drive you can get a 60GB+ external hard drive that plugs into your USB port. While not quite as portable (unless it's a mini drive it won't fit in your pocket), it's a much better value.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks, John
by eo_98250 / May 24, 2006 12:07 PM PDT

I think we have decided on a new laptop for him, probably a bare bones model because it will be used exclusively for music tracks and recording music. My current laptop is only 15 gig which sounded huge at the time but now seems pretty dinky. It doesn't seem slow to me but it might be too slow for what he needs. He will be using his music in a one man band show and a new laptop would also give him the ability to hook up his recording studio equipment. Besides, I am always in favor of more and faster computers!

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Other alternative....
by steve749 / May 24, 2006 12:18 PM PDT
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Why not use a MP3 player with a big hard drive like a Zen Creative Nomad? That would be my choice as then it could play on any computer with the software. There are likely other players that sport similarly large drives in them.


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Yes, That Would Work...
by eo_98250 / May 24, 2006 2:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Other alternative....

We did talk about an iPod or mp3 player but I think the added ability of using his recording software on a computer would be worth the additional investment. Currently his computer is about 4 years old so the speed and quality of a newer computer might be an added bonus.

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