View Full Version : Internal or external HD; which is better?

03-22-2006, 06:17 AM
I want to add another HD to a beefed up Mac G4 Sawtooth that we use for archiving, library of graphic files. 5 people on the network occasionally access this through file sharing to retreive old files. We need more capacity; I could add another internal SATA drive or another Lacie USB external (had an older Lacie fail). Is one better than the other or with this amount acitivity is it a wash either way?

03-22-2006, 06:37 AM
I think the answer depends on your requirements in this new drive.

The Lacie external just has a basic hard drive inside, the big difference being it's a higher cost and it's mobile. If you require the mobility, Lacie also has Firewire which a lot of other external drives don't have.

The internal drive should be cheeper for the same size external Lacie or you could go bigger size for the same cost. The internal SATA drive should also be faster at 150/MBps where as the Lacie is likely older EIDE 133/MBps. The internal drive is also not subjected to moving around as much as the External drive (assuming you move them at all) so less likley to be damaged.

I think your big decisions are:
Mobilty, Cost, Size/cost, and Transfer Speed.