1 I'd like to start with a 320 gb hard drive [the max now available?]
2 Easy removal of the hard drive is imperative! I like to clone my complete drive to a drive in a hard drive enclosure, and when a crash occurs it takes me just a few minutes to replace the 'bad' drive.
My question is, what laptop models permit easy hard drive swops these days? My Inspiron does, and saved me twice recently!
3 I'm not a fan of Vista at all, so would install my cloned hard drive containing XP into the new machine then clone that to the 320 gb hard drive I'd place in an enclosure.
Can I expect any problems if I do this? Will my existing drive installed with XP work just fine in a machine that left the factory with Vista?
I'm just making sure, and would appreciate any input any of you may have.
Also, do you have a model of laptop recommendation given my particular needs mentioned above?