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external hard drive for Toshiba Laptop?

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#1 TempleCat


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:39 PM

I have a Toshiba L755 Satellite laptop.  The hard drive went bad just before the warranty was up.  Got it replaced under warranty, and it went bad again several months later, so I gave up and bought a new laptop.


However, since I am taking online classes which require some extensive work, I am thinking of using my newer Acer (Windows 8.1) for the class, and getting my Toshiba (Windows 7) going again for personal surfing, hobby information and research, etc.  My question is- Can I just use an external hard drive for my Toshiba laptop and forego relacing the hard drive yet again? 


I was told that I could not by a phone tech, that I would need both hard drives to do this.  If so, I may not find this idea so cost-effective.  I felt that an external device might not be as prone to failure as a replacement Toshiba device.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

The tech is correct!  Was any reason given for the short life of the HD?  HD failure has little to nothing to do with the brand of LT, pickup a higher quality drive, for a spinner Western Digital Black or spring for an SSD.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:52 PM

I agree with OldPhil.  In fact, I would go a step farther and recommend an SSD of about 128GB as primary and an external drive to store all your files.  Laptop spinners are too vulnerable to shock damage, and SSDs are dropping in price (<.50/GB or better on Newegg).

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:26 AM

You could probably run off of an external drive, provided the laptop allows you to boot from USB (or however the drive is connected).  Performance would probably be less than ideal.  I'll go with the crowd and recommend an SSD.


Tiger Direct has a PNY Optima Series 240GB Solid State Drive for $109.99 (89.99 after rebate), have to get it today.

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