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Best of both worlds --SSD on laptop AND HDD

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Best of both worlds --SSD on laptop AND HDD

    Hi there
    I've found THIS to be the best way of combining the FAST SSD drive with a reasonable amount of HDD storage on a laptop - provided the laptop has a USB3 port. (note a USB3 port not standard USB2).

    1) Get a SATA==>USB3 connector (not the USB 2 ones. -- they are quite cheap and look something like this usb 3 to sata

    2) install windows on an SSD drive .

    3) connect it to the usb3 port on the computer and boot it -- will boot almost as fast as native sata --USB3 is decently FAST !!!.

    That way if I'm in a static place I boot from the USB3 SSD attached device.

    If I'm travelling -- then storage is more important than speed -- so I just boot from the laptop's internal HDD. -- You can get decent laptop spinners now of up to 1 TB !!!!. Saves also carrying 2 or 3 smaller external HDD's. The SSD is small and light -- no problem taking that in the computer bag.

    That way the 120GB SSD isn't limiting by only having 120 GB.

    Windows hasn't asked for re-activation either whether its booted from the SSD or HDD.


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V

    Wouldn't it have been easier (if your laptop can do it) to replace the optical drive with a mechanical hard drive and just use an external optical drive when needed?
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Best of both worlds --SSD on laptop AND HDD

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