I myself think there is nothing like a full windows install. Windows is crap anyway, but until Linux does everything I need it to do well then, windows it is.
I only use bootable media via USB Stick if I have a machine beyond repair, or virus removal. I think it is a great idea to run everything from USB Stick, and it is doable at some point. Meaning I think we will see one day some software company come out with an Operating System on a stick, to sell to the masses. However this is exactly what the cell phone companies are doing in a sense.
The phone companies are already making preparations for cell phones to dock to computers, My guess is that the cell phone OS "Android" and all the possibilities for apps, is going to run the future of computing. I have recently purchased a Droid Incredible 2 phone and "if I could connect am external monitor, keyboard and mouse It would be great. LOL!!! The computer, wireless internet and cell phone connection in the palm of my hands. Not to mention everything else I can do with it. Yes, it needs a little more storage space (only comes with 16GB) It would be handy if I could connect an external USB HDD to it. I know this is a bit off topic, but hey I'm just throwing it out there.
As a computer tech, I struggled with bootable antivirus cd's and USB Sticks and thought before about trying to make a complete OS that runs from a usb stick. But I am not Bill Gates, and I don't have a crap pot full of money so my idea would not go anywhere. So I will stick to USB Sticks with XP and or Win 7 on them to just fix computers. I think that is gonna be the norm for a while.
BTW My hats off to all the members here that have poured their hard work into these projects and made them work! Thanks a bunch!!
Let me doubt this also.
Of course the hard disk is just as reliable as *any* other hard disk, inside the USB case there is a "normal" hard disk, BUT the probabilities of mechanical shock are IMHO far greater for a 2.5" HD inside a USB portable case when compared to what it would normally have to bear inside a notebook/laptop.
After all the "solid" in "solid state" should have a meaning .
OT, but not much, unless you live in Japan if the thingy falls from the table on the floor it is likely to become a dud:
Sometimes I wonder WHY thingies like this:
are not common or even "standard".
When the manufacture states "A-Data notes there is no guarantee that the hard drive or data won’t be lost – and urges consumers not to splash water on the drive, just to verify that waterproof claim." It's usually not a good sign.
The other one looks pretty good though!! Very nice idea padding the inside of the case for bumps and accidental drops.