In principle: yes.
- you can't reassign the My Documents folder to an external drive, I think, so you must take care to use other folders than that for everything
- Outlook Express might not like it either to have it's .dbx files on a removable disk
- backup is ESSENTIAL in such a scheme. Have a second external drive in both houses - that makes three in total - and be sure to copy the contents of your standard one to the backup one before you leave (and store it safely). Copying changed contents only (note the archive bit in the file properties) is sufficient (and necessary!)
- cookies (like the one containing your password to this forum) are located on the c:-drive and so are a lot of settings and (for example) your Word dictionary's. In fact, everything that's put in your Documents and Settings folder automatically.
The alternative might be to use a laptop in stead of 2 desktops and transport that between the two locations. The same story, of course, for the backup!
Here's the scenario:
I have 2 homes (1500 miles apart).
I do NOT want to use cloning software to update my internal hds for the following reason - security. I do not want to leave my machine (with all my personal and financial data on the hd) in an unoccupied house, I realize that I could use a powerful erasing program, but I would rather just not have the data on the drives at all.
Ideally, I would like to just have an internal hard drive in each machine that will contain Windows so I can have boot, have access to the internet, and all my programs all the time. Then have an external drive which holds all my files.
Here's my main question, although if there is something else that is wrong with my plan, please let me know.
If I use an external (USB 2.0) to access my files will things work fast enough AND reliably?