On Thursday, February 09, 2006 @ 1:23 PM, Ken Schneider wrote:
On Tue, 2003-11-11 at 16:45 -0500, Maura Edelweiss
> I have a 4-year old DELL desktop with a heavy CRT monitor that I'm going
> to give away soon .
> I also have a 2 month old laptop. Both computers run Linux/SuSE.
> I would like to buy an external disk to save most of my s/w
> development now residing on my old desktop.
> But I would like to be able to use it also with my laptop.
> Both computers have some USB ports so I daresay an external USB disk
> would be fine ..
> I'd appreciate some suggestion about a USB reliable, large capacity but
> portable, external disk or
> any alternative solution.
> Thank you in advance.
1st - please check the clock/time on the machine your
wrote this email
on, it is off by over two years.
2nd - This was just discussed on this list in the past
search the archives for all of the answers given at
UNIX since 1989, linux since 1994, SuSE since 1998
As Ken says, this was just recently discussed on this list. Here are a
couple of general/high-level things I got out of the discussion.
1) It was mentioned that the drive is better having its own built in fan to
cool the drive. Many don't. Depending on the environment you're working
in, if the room temperature doesn't stay reasonably cool, the built in fan
would likely add life to your drive.
2) If you buy an enclosure/caddy instead of just a single unit/hard drive
box, you then have the flexibility to swap in different hard drives. With
mine, you just buy an extra tray any time you want to have another mountable
drive. Buy a tray, buy a drive, and mount it to the tray. Then, at least
on mine, you swap the drives out by using a key to unlock the drawer, slide
out one drive, slide another one in, and then re-lock it. It takes about a
minute to swap drives. Even if you don't think you'll need the extra
capacity now, you might down the road.