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#1 Sep 02 2008 at 8:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's the de lima, I can play War at work but I don't think my boss would appreciate me putting it on my machine for his sake if his boss finds out. My fix is to put it War on some type of external storage. I was looking at either an external hard drive, prefer a 1.8" drive. Found some 60gig ones for around $60 but here's the catch, I can get a 32gig flash drive for about $85. Not positive about the data transfer rates between the two. Price is somewhat of an issue. Just wondering some other peoples opinion on the matter.

Thanks for any input you can provide! 8D <-- smiley
#2 Sep 02 2008 at 11:26 PM Rating: Good
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my expertise is limited but from my understanding data can only tranfer as fast as your connection allows so, if you were just using a standard usb cable the flash drive wouldn't matter if you were using a firewire or usb 2.0 then it might be worth getting.

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#3 Sep 03 2008 at 10:45 AM Rating: Decent
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It will definately be USB 2.0 if I do decide to go that route. By any chance do you know if a 4200rpm hard drive will push data faster than USB 2.0 will? If the USB 2.0 will outpace the hard drive (which I doubt) then I'll definately be going with the flash drive.
#4 Sep 03 2008 at 11:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Flash drives are much faster than HDD. Notice RAM is not made of magnetic storage, but flash memory. It is more expensive to manufacture in large memories, but the technology is faster.

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http://forums.hardwaresecrets.com/external-hdd-enclosure/2360?s=3385c9fe43769d39c1219756205b15ad&

Fantastic crash course on transfer speed of external memory!

Edited, Sep 3rd 2008 3:46pm by Inralkil
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#5 Sep 03 2008 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Greetings nickohyzer!

I would highly recommend the following drive, putting it into a 2.5" enclosure. I know you're looking for 1.8", but the compromise of performance and space is significant. However, if you're looking to just put one or two games on it, then it doesn't really matter what you get.

While a flash drive in your case might be good enough, write performance is slow on them. It will take awhile to install the game, but after that it should run well overall.

For long-term use, price vs. performance, and convenience, I'd just get these items:

Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136280
Enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817106099

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Edited, Sep 3rd 2008 3:25pm by Berek
#6 Sep 03 2008 at 7:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks Inralkil and Berek. I'm going to have to look into both of those. I would go with the notebook hard drive and enclosure but I think I may go with a WD Passport. For the same price I can get the same amount of memory and not have to carry around a power adapter. I have a 160gig WD Passport already but I use that for movie/music and backups of random stuff. All in all I think that the Passport is just the simple answer :( . I may end up going with the flash drive just to say I have a 32gig flash drive. That would be pretty sweet but I'm worried someone at work may misplace it and I don't want to carry it on my keyring considering I've broke 2 drives already that way. Gonna see if I can weasel my way to a new laptop, that would fix everything :D Might cost me $1k but if I sell the Acer I have now I could pull a few hundred bucks from somewhere. Thanks for the input guys, it's realy appreciated!
#7 Sep 03 2008 at 7:56 PM Rating: Decent
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If you decide to go with a new laptop, look at the Sager/Compal series of notebooks. They are made for gaming, can be had at about $1000-1200 and kick ***. Seriously.
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#8 Sep 03 2008 at 8:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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I agree. I had a Sager a couple of years back and it totally rocked (except for the fan noise, but that was the model...).
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Looked at Sager laptops but didn't get enought time to give you a reasonable opinion. For future reference, try looking at pro-star laptops if you get a chance. Looks like there may be a price difference between the two companies but that may be based on performane of products as well. Thanks for the input guys.
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