USB external harddrives
Posted on 2003-10-23
I'd like to increase the storage capacity of my laptop (Compaq Presario 1800 XL1) by adding a USB hard drive.
Compaq told me that the laptop has only a USB 1 port, and thus won't work with a USB 2 hard drive. I don't think they're correct - I think that a USB 2 drive should work even with a USB 1 (albeit at lower speeds). I'd much rather buy a USB 2, which I can hook up to newer machines and use it's speed. Who's right?
Also, will USB (especially 1) drives be fast enough to run applications, etc? I'd like to use this as a semiprimary hard drive, not just for backup.
Compaq recommended buying a PCMCIA USB 2 card - any reactions to this?
Also, could someone recommend a good drive to buy (80 or much more gigs).
Bonus points - will I have any problems getting Linux to work with these drives?