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Yoga 13 with external portable hard drive

2013-05-08, 21:34 PM

Hi!

 

I just ordered a Yoga 13 with 128 GB storage/ 4 GB RAM/i3 processor (great deal refurbished at Lenovo outlet!).   I also ordered a powered USB 3.0 hub to expand the USB capacity.

 

Ultimately I will upgrade the internal memory and storage, but first I need to see if I will keep the computer, as I have read (here and elsewhere) about the ubiquitous problems with wi-fi.

 

I was wondering....how well would a conventional external portable hard drive, such as the 1 TB Western Digital USB 3.0 portable drive (5400 RPM- I think it is called My Passport or some such thing), work with this computer, both with and without the powered hub?  I assume it would be slower than an external SSD, but it can hold everything I have with ease including programs that do not fit on the flimsy stock internal SSD, supposedly fits in a pocket, and they sell new for only about $70.  online.     I don't do gaming and high productivity is not an issue....the most demanding thing I do is probably downloading and streaming video, and running standard programs. 

 

Thanks.

 

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Re: Yoga 13 with external portable hard drive

2013-05-09, 22:59 PM

hi protagonist,

 

You almost won't notice the difference if you just connect the 1TB USB 3.0 external HDD on the USB 3.0 hub, or even if

you have 3 other devices connected to it (mouse, keyboard, BT dongle) as long as there's only 1 device that's doing a read/write access. If you have an external HDD and a USB flashdrive that's simultaneously doing a read/write on the USB hub then that's when the bottleneck occurs.

 

Although the 1Tb 5400RPM drive is not as fast as the SSD when it comes to read and write, the price, capacity and the USB 3.0 interface makes up for it.

 

 

 

Hope this helps



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Re: Yoga 13 with external portable hard drive

2013-05-09, 23:38 PM

I use that same drive fine, except in the 2tb size. I keep all my data on usb disks in triplicate, and then save money on all devices with minimal internal data options. If you are copying a hundred or so GB at once, it may go slow enough so your machine will fall asleep before finishing, so you may have to adjust the power/awakeness rules in win8.

 

I wouldn't leave the disk plugged in; I think it drains plenty power, and of course you should primarily use your yoga as an unplugged tablet (although the WD usb tail is long enough to plug in during tablet mode).

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Re: Yoga 13 with external portable hard drive

2013-05-10, 3:32 AM

Thanks, Neokenchi and Dumbth!

 

One more question....

Will I notice a big difference if the drive is plugged into the USB 3.0 vs. the 2.0 port?

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Re: Yoga 13 with external portable hard drive

2013-05-10, 19:41 PM

hi protagonist,

 

If you'll be using a USB 3.0 drive to a USB 2.0 port, the speed will degrade from SuperSpeed (4 8Gbs) to HighSpeed (480Mbs). You won't notice this difference if you'll be playing videos / music from that drive but you'll see a big difference when transferring files. 

 

As high quality drives performs better then cheap ones, see these benchmarks results as a reference:

Copy Benchmark Images (Read)

Copy Benchmark Images (Write)

 

 

 

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