- Dell XPS L501X - 15.6" WLED Screen
- 640GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk Drive
- 2GB Nvidia GT 435M Video Card
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- USB 3.0 and eSATA
When you are completed with a lab, it is good to back up your virtual machine so that if it blows up on the next lab, you can easily restore it from your backup. In my case, I am using a USB 3.0 Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB.
This external hard drive provides the following:
- Small Size (roughly the size of my tri-fold wallet)
- Plenty of storage space at 1TB
- Stays cool even with constant usage
Transfer speeds average around 63 MBps on large image files such as virtual hard drivesAs of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, my speeds have increased to about 74 MBps.