Welll, Kakarot, thank you very much for your reply. Its good news to hear about the new disk coming out this year, so I might wait for that. I will wait for your review on that disk though. Are you into reviewing in general? (just curious).
The extra size and weight for an external drive doesn't bother me at all since I rarely move the laptop outside my flat. And when I do its not for games.
Speed (and of course reliability) is the most important thing now for me. With my current HD I noticed problems in some games, like Battlefield1942 and Renegade (no, not the old beat em up game ) where I could feel the HD trying to read faster but wan't able to, thus the usual stattering. Plus it takes about a minute to load windows where my old desktop with two ibms ata 100 drives (7200) takes about 15 seconds at worse.
So, my main curiosity about the external drives is if I would put a game there, would I get better performance for that game? Still, of course I would prefer a fast internal drive.
The one other thing that I read yesterday that I wasn't aware of was that according the the HD manual that I downloaded (for my current disk) you are not supposed to use the disk for more than 160 hours a month. WTF? SInce when are such limitations? I was very surprised, especialy since I use the Hd more like 90 hours a week at least. I don't remember anything like that in the desktop drives, not even in the old days of ST and Amiga when the machine would stay on for days.