Any USB-drive would be fine. Apart from another drive-letter (say g: in stead of c:) there's no difference, and it's certainly fast enough to play music or even video's.
The most important things to decide on:
- Externally powered or powered via the USB. If the laptop runs on a battery, externally powered is. If it's connected to the mains, there's no real difference.
- Capacity in Gb. 250 gB is about the minimum at the moment.
Things to note:
- External drives, somehow, are more errorprone than internal drives. So it's essential that the external drive isn't the only place where music is stored or he'll lose it sooner or later. Keep it on the laptop ALSO, or burn to DVD.
- He can use the external drive as a backup medium for all files on the laptop he doesn't want to lose, such as his school stuff or pictures. It needs some discipline to do, but - if the laptop suddenly fails - he'll be glad he did.
My son has filled up his internal hard drive on his laptop ( HP Pavillion zv5000) with music. So I was thinking of getting him an external drive so he could transfer his music collection to the external device. Can audio be played directly from the external drive or would he have to transfer files to the internal storage before playing ? What about direct transfer to his iPod from the external device ?
If this is the objective what specific products on the market should I be looking at ? Alternatively, what characteristics are most important for me to consider given this usage pattern ?