The removable drive is the best option in my opinion, also for the easiest swap both computer's should be identical in hardware.
Has no one thought of using the same environment instead of the same hardware, why not use a Virtual PC Environment on something like an usb 3.0 SSD or an esata SSD, that way it would be configured in exact same way at home and work
It's feasible, but slightly more cumbersome and probably also slower to use, compared to 2 identical computers with hotswap bays + 1 disk caddy with a hdd/ssd.
Though it's probably the cheaper solution IF Garry already has a powerful pc at each location that just happens to be identical performance-wise but not hardware-wise.
I think all of you are overlooking the most prudent solution. Just live at work.
You could consider buying one of those expensive and bulky laptop that runs on desktop performance CPUs along with SLI or Crossfire mobile graphics card.
I have built several computers with the following parts, they are ultra small, very powerful and easy to carry around...
Hard Drive (for most of the builds I actually buy the 120gb version for the OS and main apps and the 256GB version for storage/files/steam etc)
You will want to try to pick up a low profile NVidia GTS 450 (make sure it's the low profile version, these can be found on eBay.
You will also need to find an appropriate (mini-itx) power supply and cpu cooler. I usually buy these componants from a seller on eBay... sadly he no longer sells them but there are plenty of others out there.
I've found these computers more than capable of running all Source games full whack at 1920x1080. I've built myself one of these as a backup/lan party computer, I've used it while staying at a friends for a few weeks, or traveling and been able to work on these (running 3ds Max and Photoshop side by side). I've modded the cases for these computers to allow for extra cooling to be installed.
Garry is probably better just getting a mobile workstation from IBM than carrying a PC and Screen around
Light and reduces the amount of space used on your desk, plus you can use it on your couch. But as you said, not performing as much as a desktop.
I think its possible if your desktop has external sata access. Its best if both of the desktops have the same specs.
This solution eats your internet bandwidth and you can't play games properly through it.
Not sure why you call it remote login. But you could have your files saved on a server at the office and access them from home by synchronizing your PCs. Usually you can do that with any repertories in your PC's HDD. Though, you might need a large bandwidth if you're counting on modifying your files a lot (specially images/videos).
Best solutions from those mentionned up (from best to worst)
3.HDD (Not sure if working)
set up two systems with swappable HDD cradles and just carry a hard drive with you
I do recommend Alienware for their business support. I had a key break off and they had a repair tech at my house two days later covered completely under the warranty.
Fucks sake, how can so many people be so wrong and actually recommend alienware. I'm vomiting everywhere
As someone who has to repair alienware laptops: avoid them like the plague.
Laptop hinges should NEVER creak like doors in scooby doo
The cooling is utter shite, so bad that you could actually see melted flux around the chips.
They use horribly bad thermal paste equivalent to play-dough.
If you're going to get a laptop go for asus.
They have the lowest failure rates out there, actually build their laptops with QUALITY in mind instead of quantity, they also don't do LED studded piles of shit either, as well as bother with cooling. Hell, they can even take being dropped unlike one of my clients alienwares which the HDD died and one of the hinges snapped.
Oh, and wingless's old dell laptop let go of a hinge when the laptop fell.
Some laptops are fairly good, i run gmod on my laptop and mine is considered fairly old. so a dell XPS or an alienware will suit you, but if you have to, a VPN or Virtual Machine will be useful
This thread is filled with a bunch of pretentious idiots. All of you pathetic garry stalkers should keep your mouths shut and stay in the GMOD sections unless you actually know what you're talking about (which 99% of you don't).
"alienware will suit you"
Me, knowing almost nothing about computers, know that this isn't a good advice just by by reading that. The fact that you are using a mac doesn't really make me change my opinion. First of all, garry is probably not looking for a computer to play his own game on, and just because a laptop can run gmod does not mean it is a good computer.
I would just recommend getting some sort of neat laptop that fulfills your required specifications for the different tasks you would need to do.
Not too helpful, I guess.
The only thing he should really be considering is having a PC at the office and at home and carry a HDD back and forth.
Before anyone mentions windows flipping out when running on different hardware, he could just stick an SSD with windows and some core programs in it and use the HDD he's carrying about like a large memory stick.
It seems best way for you is to always take your Hard Drive with you. And boot your computer from it.
Get a "hard-drive dock station" and it will do your work.
You need something like this:
Can work with both USB 2 and 3. Speed is 5GB/s(USB 3)
Just USB 2 Connection with 480MB/S
But this type of docks(which is working with USB 2) wont give you HIGH SPEED.
SATA 3's speed is 6GB/S(which is maximum speed now for SATA.)
And USB 3's speed is 5GB/S
Original (not the like Chinese products, because it looses too much speed on it's controller) USB 3 dock, is what you need.
And if your both computers' motherboard connections with your USB3 port are full-speed (not like converter) than it is OK.
If not you got 2 options:
1) UPGRADE your motherboard
2) Buy long(>1 meter) SATA cable
Just say me your PCs' properties and HD's properties and i will choose best one for you.
these days normal hd's interface speed is 3.0 gb/s, which is makes its data transfer speed 300 mb/s (because of 10bit encoding).
and usb3's speed is 5gb/s, lets say we loosed 0.5 gb/s on the controller, you still got 4.5gb/s connection with your hd, which is even more than you need.
you guys STFU, i advised it to Garry, not you!
if you got better opinions just post, that is all.
Dont reply lame things.
I saw this thread very late now..
I did this for some time.. my option was: I used to have the same computer with the nearly exact identical hardware twice - the only difference is that my home PC had one additional hard drive with stuff I really do not use in my office... the case I bought was one of those cases having a hotswap hard drive bay on top. The bad thing: it is only 2.5" - so no 3.5" harddrives, and 2.5" ones are more expensive.. Still: 500 Gig 2.5" hard drive was sufficient for OS, and pretty much of my stuff.. and the hotswap port is directly connected to SATA 0 on the mainboard so it's actually the primary hard drive I carried along.
As the hardware on both systems was nearly identical the drive ran on both systems fine.
Got a hard drive and docking stations today. Hard drive slots in the front of the computer, half hanging out just like I wanted.
Working pretty well so far. One trip from the office to home. Works on both computers. Business as usual!
Laptop hard drives are regarded as slow, tell us if it's actually noticeable though.
Also don't subject the drive to too much shock as it can damage it, keep it in a soft case or bag when transporting.