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portable external(seagate freeagent goflex 1tb)or internal?

by jenniferdnoob / September 28, 2010 3:55 AM PDT

Hi everyone,
I'm a bit of a noob but have been doing some research but have yet to find a nice solid answer to my question so I'm hoping I can get some help on here Happy

I have a 5yr old laptop that came stock w/100gb hard drive.
Sony vaio vgn-fj170
I've recently upgraded the memory to 2gb ram.

Anyway,I never used the laptop much,but now need to install photoshop,autocad,sketch-up,revit,and bentley.theses programs especially revit takes up a lot of space so I want to upgrade to min. 750gb hard drive. So my question is:
Can I install those programs on the seagate freeagent goflex 1tb and run the programs from the seagate hard drive? I'm assuming ill need some virtualization hardware(vmware)? And connect via usb3 for faster data retrieval for the programs to run?
Or do I just get a 750gb internal hard drive?
Are there certain pros and cons to the 2 options? Please note,that I wouldn't mind carrying around an external drive cuz ill mostly use it @ home anyway. I just want to know which hard drive external or internal will run more efficiently w/o problems.
Thanks in advance everyone. Any comments,suggestions are greatly appreciated Happy

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Go internal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2010 9:15 AM PDT

USB speed is a fraction of the internal. You'll want to get a bigger internal drive.

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by jenniferdnoob / September 28, 2010 9:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Go internal.

Thanks proffitt for the response Happy u say to get a higher internal drive...higher than 750gb?
I googled but I can't seem to find anything higher to fit my laptop.
I looked@my laptops specs on sony and it says I have a 2.5" sata hard drive and everything I see online that are 1tb and higher are 3.5"
Anyway,I could be wrong since I'm very new to all this stuff. Can you link me to where I can buy a 2.5" sata internal drive for a laptop? Thanks in advance Happy

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found some..
by jenniferdnoob / September 28, 2010 9:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Go internal.
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Let's be honest.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2010 12:33 AM PDT
In reply to: found some..

Why not go with a nice fast 500GB drive?

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Hi guys
by layno_pt / December 16, 2010 1:29 PM PST
In reply to: found some..

I have also sony vgn-fj170, the specification is tha same and i want to upgrade the internal drive of my laptop to 320 gb,I have hitachi 320gb sata mobile hdd, can i use this as internal drive to my laptop?, please help me decide.. thanks a lot..

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If you sony uses the same size (physical) drive and SATA
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2010 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: Hi guys

Why not? You didn't tell what stopped you.

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