I'm looking for an USB drive which I will use to store my Linux o.s. and run it from there.
I have both laptop and PC with a lot of RAM (8/12 GB), so because I don't want to keep those 2 systems syncronized (expecially because I use the laptop much less than the PC), I'm interested in this solution. Notice also that it's useful because I can eventually run Linux directly inside a virtual machine if I require, for example, to use windows for some softwares.
That being said, I have a budget of $200 probably, so I'm not sure which type of device is the better for this purpose: an external SSD, or an USB Flashdrive. Speed is important (expecially on reading), but I really don't know the downsides of a flashdrive vs an SSD and I'm interested into such things.
I have USB3 both on laptop and PC.
Thanks for any suggestion
I need to be able to use the drive on both laptop and PC. Because my laptop has only USB3 and not eSata, I think I can only use USB3
Update 1: As kobaltz stated, buying an SSD + enclosure is a valid option, but I need some direction to which enclosure should I buy because if I lose an USB SSD I'll feel really bad. Also, I have no idea what speed issues will I have with such combination.