The only Adobe Hardware forum I'm aware of is part of the Premiere forums
I can understand multiple hard drives being part of a video editing workflow.
However, any laptop currently on the market can comfortably run Dreamweaver CS6 and Fireworks CS6. No external hard drive necessary other than for backing up data files.
My current laptop (Dell XPS Studio) has similar specs to your current desktop and I run CS6 OK on it with the built-in (single) hard drive.
I use a Desktop as my work box. Get all the RAM and hard disk memory you can afford.
Windows 7, 64-bit is necessary to run several of the CS6 products right now (Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Encore...)
In a year from now, I suspect Adobe will require 64-bit for all their products. 8GB of RAM is conservative. If you do much work with graphics, you'll probably need more.
While I don't use Fireworks, I can tell you that Photoshop Extended is a big memory beast. You need plenty of RAM memory, dedicated scratch disk drive (200 GB drive would be good) and a high quality graphics card.
I have used Fireworks for the last 10 years so its not worth the learning curve to try Photoshop, which , like most of the rest of the suite, lies unused on my drive.
Looks like I will get an 8 meg laptop to match my desktop but not a Dell - they are terribly expensive in the UK - around $1600 as a starter
Thanks for your help John and Nancy
but not a Dell - they are terribly expensive in the UK - around $1600 as a starter
Which ones are you looking at?
1280x800 display (1280x1024 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM is a requirement for CS6 according to the sales blurb at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/design-web-premium/tech-specs.htmlhttp://
I just spent about ten hours searching the world for a laptop with such a screen.
There just do not seem to be any for sale anywhere. Ali Baba are advertising screen replacements to that resolution in bulk deals, but nowhere can I find a laptop that fits the bill. There are used ones about 4 years old that have that, but the current resolutions available seem to be all 1366 x 768 at best. If I set my desktop as near to this as I can to this and try to use CS5 Deamweaver, I cannot use the program, as lots of the text will not fit the screen. The aspect ratio of the CS suites are out of sinc with current laptop screens. Does Adobe know something that the computer world is not aware of? Are we going to be able to buy screens that suit their programs, or are we condemned to using desktops all the time? Or have they made a deal with Dell or some other laptop manufacturer?