Hi all, (TLDR at bottom)
I have an Expansion Card question that I am sure will look like a duplicate, but I feel it isnt.
I bought a non-DIY FW13 with the 11th Gen i7 a few months back when it was discounted. Since I had little freedom with the internals (RAM, HDD, and most importantly, OS), I bought a 1TB expansion for 140 EUR, assuming that I will just install Linux on it.
However, I have the distinct memory of reading somewhere (I thought it was here, but now my searches dont show this - so maybe it was reddit) that the 1TB storage expansion is little more than a glorified USB stick that is permanently plugged into the device. I read that the storage expansion is not meant to run an OS, and that you will (a) extract less than optimum performance from it, and (b) heat up the expansion card during RW cycles.
I am a Ph. D. student and expect that I might run some code from it, possibly IO-heavy since I might run some ML models that write intermediate outputs many times. (I know this device isnt meant for it, it is my secondary device, but I didnt know this wouldnt be possible).
Question is basically this: When I read about the storage expansion now on the FW marketplace, they explicitly say that it is fast enough to boot an OS off of. I believe this wasnt written explicitly when I ordered it (or maybe I didnt read it, since I just assumed it was true). Has there been some design change that makes installing an OS on expansion cards possible? Or should I assume that my expansion can actually hold an OS as well?
I am surprised because I clearly remember reading that the OS cannot be installed* but cannot find this anymore… and the FW website even says the opposite now, so I feel a bit confused.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post!
TLDR: I rememeber reading that storage expansion is bad for dual booting linux from, because it is “practically a USB stick” - OS will not be fast, card heats up, etc. Searching for these comments now I cannot find these statements anymore, and I see the exact opposite in the current expansion card description. I am not sure if something changed with the internals of the expansion cards. Order was placed in July.
- I felt very stupid and even a bit resentful towards FW at that point, because it just felt like they should have given me that warning up front, that the 140 EUR was just for a thumb drive shaped to fit into my laptop chassis… but I would dearly love to learn that I was wrong all along.
- want to install Ubuntu LTS
- FW13, 11th gen i7 1165