I was hoping to go a bit lower in price. I bought the laptop for $100. As a computer novice, I didn't expect to spend $90. BUT, if you see any more modest pricing deals PLEASE let me know. Thanks
As you have seen, RBS brought up a 6th option -- a dedicated external HDD. If you wanted to upgrade the existing factory 4200 rpm 40GB HD inside of your machine to a faster larger 80 GB HD, it will cost you around $80. That is $1 per 1 GB.
With a dedicated external HDD (it sits vertically on your desk, about the size of a small text book), that same $80 gets you 1 TB (i.e. 1,000 GB). That is 8 cents per 1 GB!!!
Everything is about personal preference.
One of the nice things about owning a Thinkpad is the flexibility with the Ultrabay. I think that it was Ron who said that he doesn't like to carry around a USB enclosure. He put his secondary HD inside of his machine in the Ultrabay and left his DVD/CD player in his desk drawer at home.
One of the nice things about USB enclosures is that I have several friends who are constantly upgrading their machines. They view computers as commodity items and must have the latest and greatest machine. They don't want to risk losing any personal info by taking their old machine to the recycling center. I remove their old HD, wipe it out with 1's and 0's, and keep their old HD for myself. The recycling center gets everything else. So, USB enclosures work well for me.
Tells us how many hours of video you plan to store? Are these videos captured from your digital video camera? If so, then you will need an adapter to receive data from your video camera -- Another PC CardBus (for firewire) may be needed.
It helps to make a shopping list to prioritize your needs.