Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:30 PM
Yeah, really programs need to stay on the local drive (C:\). Additionally, larger files should be worked on (manipulated) on the local system, and then later stored on the external. We use external harddrives at work and have found that data and the hard drives them selves go bad quicker if data is manipulated whilst on it.
Basic requirement (other than size) is that it is USB2.0 and not just USB. USB 2 is faster. If possible (depending on the available connections on you PC) go for FireWire 400/800 - it is faster again.
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI