Can I use a Chromebook with an external hard drive?

Isach Salas April 10, 2012
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I’m considering purchasing a chrome book because of the price (inexpensive) and I don’t use Windows or iOS. I like Ubuntu. Can I combine the Chrome Book with an external hard drive to improve storage and receive the PC experience on the cheap?

I have recently moved to Manhattan from SF, I’m on a tight budget both financial and space wise. I’m looking forward to a larger screen and keyboard. Any suggestions will be appreciated :)

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  1. himmat
    May 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

    yes, Chromebooks are confirmed to be fully capable of reading files from both USB external hard drives and USB thumb/flash drives. If you like, you can also use an SD or other type of memory card with the Chromebook’s built-in 4-in-i card reader.

  2. ha14
    April 11, 2012 at 6:42 am
  3. FIDELIS
    April 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Hello, the chomebook is supossed to be simple and basic.  It has memory card slot and USB port.  If it has USB port, you should be able to use an external drive/flashdrive, only trick is that the apps have to have the compatibility to saving to USB.  Remember everything runs in the cloud.....Here are some specs:

     http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-05/googles-chromebook-specs-revealed-499-cloud-based-laptop

    The following are two suggestions for you:

    Samsun Chromebook:
    http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/chromebook/XE500C21-A01US-features

    Acer Chromia:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00507ALBG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=2121infomedia-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217153&creative=399701&creativeASIN=B00507ALBG