Portable installation, USB stick or portable hard drive?
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.