Expandable Storage Options with a Laptop

Discussion in 'Systems' started by mhaddy, Apr 1, 2018.

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  1. mhaddy

    mhaddy New Member

    Hey guys,

    I'm the proud owner of the Razer Blade 14" 1TB HDD/4K screen. Loving it so far - which is strange, as I've been a Mac user for most of my days. Anyhow, I decided to get a laptop to replace an aging Mac desktop and for my every day needs, this is great. However, I will eventually fill up the 1TB HDD so I'm wondering what folks do for external storage?

    I have a NAS that I use for backups, but I'm thinking more like a 2TB Thunderbolt 3 drive that gets docked (or connects wirelessly) when I'm at home? I could storage movies and my iTunes library on it ... things I may not need to keep with me all of the time.

    Thoughts appreciated!
     
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  2. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    USB 3.0 or thunderbolt3 will work fine for external storage. Also swapping the NVMe drive for a 2TB is easy enough.
     
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  3. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I'm using this, and 5tb HDD for files like photos, works, games etc, yes nowadays you'll reach storage limit easier. Note but with that I've to use it downside but I'm okay with it because my main concern was to lift it up for better airflow and for space saver. Btw those reviewers that gave bad points to the dock don't really know how using a USB c dock, I don't have issues like they described.
     
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  4. mhaddy

    mhaddy New Member

    Thanks guys. So for the external storage, do you leave it "on" and plugged into the dock so when you're home and you plug it into your laptop, everything is good to go? What's your process.
     
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  5. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I’m using the blade mostly for gaming, some software that use online cloud service like steam and Origins would detect only drive name that they first recognize, on windows if you have multiple hard disk driver sometimes they recognize it differently (like D: becoming E:, if you plug other USB drive and acosionally plug the D drive off). 2TB won’t enough for my gaming needs, so important working file and media I put on internal ssd, and some gaming for on go, at home I just plug it and let the Blade power the dock, if it has no enough power for pheriperals like usb dvd Drive I plug extra power adapter on it (mine could be use with or without power adapter, there’s also cheaper options that only work with power adapter).
     
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  6. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    It is possible to assign permanent driver letters to the external drives under disk management, so there is no conflict.
     
  7. mhaddy

    mhaddy New Member

    What do you think of this dock, Joikansai?
     
  8. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    For external HDD, to plug at home, HDMI for monitor, Ethernet and mouse i think it’ll be fine. I had tested also same brand as mine with similar form with that, works fine on pheriperals and external storage I tested, for one hdd and one usb Drive and Mouse it recognized well with fast file transfer speed between storage (it was definitely not usb 2 speed, it was fast maybe usb 3 speed), but from my experience TB3 on Blade couldn’t manage a lot pheriperals like other usb 3 ports on it. I can use two 2,5 hdd, Keyboard, mouse but it’ll come random disconnecting issues, I’ve to separate it, and also with some keyboard and mouse, maybe my mouse and keyboard (both rgb) take big bandwidth and wattage. But it’s fine for me because I’m using Blade onboard keyboard, and only for gaming I’m using the external keyboard (BWX Te), and plug it on free USB port.
     
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  9. mhaddy

    mhaddy New Member

    I think I found the dock -- Dell D6000. Seems that it'll be powerful enough to run 1x 4k 60hz monitor, external hard drive, keyboard, mouse, speakers and gigabit ethernet.
     
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