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Hi, Firstly sorry if this has come up before, I searched both google and the forums but couldn't find a satisfactory answer. I'm planning on installing Linux (not picked which ...
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    Portable installation, USB stick or portable hard drive?


    Hi,

    Firstly sorry if this has come up before, I searched both google and the forums but couldn't find a satisfactory answer.

    I'm planning on installing Linux (not picked which yet) on a portable device. I am going to be using it to run python simulations when I don't have internet access (can't access the central uni server) some of which are fairly intensive.

    So my question is basically a hardware one, is there any advantage in performance in installing on a portable hard drive over a standard USB stick?

    I assume the USB port speed itself is a problem but not sure if with a USB3 there is any advantage to a hard drive.

    Also as a follow up question, if a hard drive will provide an improvement. I currently have a fairly old USB2 300GB one. Presumably I need to get a USB3 one (or just a cable?) will the cheapest USB3 hard drive be port limited or is it worth spending money on a high speed decent one.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I have found a portable hard drive tends to work better than a USB thumb drive. As far as USB2 compared to USB3 I don't know how much difference you will see in a Linux operating system.

    If you have not chosen a distro, then I would recommend Linux Mint13 Mate.
    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Quagers View Post
    Hi,

    Firstly sorry if this has come up before, I searched both google and the forums but couldn't find a satisfactory answer.

    I'm planning on installing Linux (not picked which yet) on a portable device. I am going to be using it to run python simulations when I don't have internet access (can't access the central uni server) some of which are fairly intensive.

    So my question is basically a hardware one, is there any advantage in performance in installing on a portable hard drive over a standard USB stick?

    I assume the USB port speed itself is a problem but not sure if with a USB3 there is any advantage to a hard drive.

    Also as a follow up question, if a hard drive will provide an improvement. I currently have a fairly old USB2 300GB one. Presumably I need to get a USB3 one (or just a cable?) will the cheapest USB3 hard drive be port limited or is it worth spending money on a high speed decent one.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Ok thanks for the advice, I was planning on using Fedora just to keep continuity with what the remote server I have access to uses. Would this be a real problem?

    Also I've heard that some/all motherboards dont support booting via USB3 or if they do you only get USB2 speeds anyway. Does anyone know anything about this?

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