Hello everyone, this is my first post. I hope this question has not been answered already because I search and did not see anything.
I have both a desktop and a laptop that are on my home network. I have no problem accessing files from either machine. I have a much larger hard drive on my desktop so I tended to store my AVI files there. I have recently connected my laptop to my Plasma and Home Stereo in order to watch movies straight from my laptop. I found that when I tried to play a movie on my laptop that resided on my desktop over the wireless network, the movie stuttered, skipped and sometimes even hung up my Windows Media player. So I started moving AVI files onto my laptop because they play flawlessly there.
Now my laptop drive is slowly filling up. I am considering a purchase of a Western Digital My Book drive. It looks good, it’s apparently quiet and comes in many sizes (100GB - 1 TB). My concern is that if I connect this drive through either a USB 2.0 or FireWire connection, I am going to get about 400mb/s transfer rate, I understand. Is this fast enough to support me playing AVI files from the external drive on my laptop? Will it play the same as if the files was residing on my laptop hard drive?
Thanks everyone. I appreciate any advice.