I need an advice /g/, I have a laptop and I need more space, which option is the best? a docking station with normal HDD or a a esternal WD mybook/elements etc.?
Do these docking station actually work? Can you recommend me a good one?
Do you need to hot-swap multiple drives (i.e. accessing data on an old HDD 2 times a month)?
>get a docking station
Do you want permanent 24/7 available external storage?
>get an external enclosure
it's not hard.
Docking stations are for temporary use. Using a bare, unprotected drive like that on the regular is idiocy.
If you care about being mobile, then obviously your best bet is a 2.5 inch drive in a small case.
If you don't care about being mobile, then maybe your best option is a WD My Book attached to the NAS port on your router.
Or maybe you need to transfer big files often, and USB 3 direct to the laptop is your best bet.
I dunno, do the thinking yourself.
>since you're here, can I download directly on the drive?
WTF does that even mean? It's a drive, dude. Can you "download directly" onto your existing drive?
> does it automatically turn off when I shut down the PC?
The drive will generally shut down after X minutes, where X minutes is set in your OS preferences.
The only drives I've ever known to have a mind of their own were really old WD externals (the ones with the rubber ring so you could stack them). Those pieces of shit would spin up every hour or something and run some self-check. It was obnoxious.
> Is it fast and responding when opening a file (movie)?
If the drive hasn't been accessed in more than X minutes and has shut down, then you have to wait for it to spin up. If you're actively using the drive, I find mine to be about as fast over USB 3.0 as my internal drives are. I get around 130 MB/s transfer rate.