I want to soup up my laptop for viewing large images. It's an ASUS F5GL with 5400RPM 250GB C-drive, currently I keep my photos on a MyPassport Elite external USB hard drive. The most demanding application will be Photoshop Elements primarily browsing photos and some editing.
I'm considering either a Seagate Momentus Hybrid XT hard drive with 4GB solid state memory and 32MB cache, or a full SSD C-drive such as an Intel X25-M or X25-E. Which will give the best performance, Hybrid or SSD?
The actual photos will be stored on an external drive, not the C drive. I'm considering using a 15k drive or an SSD with USB adapter lead. Is there a better way to set up a fast read/access external drive through USB port? The laptop only has USB 2.0 and RJ45 sockets, plus a socket which I think is HDMI.