Originally Posted by celegorm
the only con i can think of with an external would be speed. particularly if its going to be usb based. That, and if you are not gental with it, all the knocking around will do damage to the drive.
I have played music from internal hard drives before, I can't recollect any issue of speed. Especially when I play the tracks, after all the all play at the same speed.
What sort of knocks to the drive are we talking here?
I can see you your point that if you throw a cd without a jewel case down a flight of twenty stairs it it would survive but throwing a a hard drive might render it obsolete and a piece of scrap metal.
I can see one plus side of taking a DVD music album on holiday though - you could transfer well over twenty albums onto a single dvd and take that on holiday whuch would be a damn sight lighter than a brick sized hard drive.
Although holiday talk is only a minor part of my life and I was more thinking everyday use.