Well I just recieved my new desktop, and I'm in the process of moving my files over from my old laptop.
I have a firewire external harddrive for the laptop - backup and media files. Does it make more sense to use the harddrive in the enclosure on the new desktop, or should I install it as a slave drive on IDE?
Which will be fastest? (I know that at least I won't have to listen to the external's terribly load fan if I install the drive internally!)
You might as well move your files to your desktop and use your external drive as a backup. You could install the drive as a second internal drive, but why not keep it mobile? You can even schedule backups using WIN XP via the ntbackup utility. (ntbackup is on the XP home CD if you don't have XP Pro)
You can also set up a "briefcase" in win XP to "sync" up the files between your laptop and desktop for traveling.